I know this is late, but I did not post on the weekend and wanted to honor our heroes.
I have a couple of reviews for you from books I recently read. Enjoy.
VITAMINS AND DEATH
By Medeia Sharif
Imagine a school where the teachers have little to no control. Imagine a school where boys take turns with girls in the restroom, while another boy stands guard outside the door. To me, it’s difficult to think that schools like this exist, but Author Medeia Sharif opened my eyes to the fact that some schools may indeed be like the one in her novel VITAMINS AND DEATH.
Deidra Battle attends such a school after her mother lost her previous teaching job for having an affair with a student. Deidra lives in fear that others will discover she is the daughter of the woman that made the scandal everyone read about. She also has to deal with a mother who lives on pills.
Deidra just wants to get through the next few months, graduate, and attend the local college. Is that asking too much?
My heart broke for Deidra. No child or teen should have to live in fear of the students at school and especially not of their mother. The author has created a family that unfortunately may be too real. All through the novel I kept hoping good things would happen for Deidra.
The language is rough and some scenes are graphic. Ms. Sharif tells it like it is. This story is not for young teens, but older teens might find a lesson in it. Another good novel about life from Medeia Sharif.
By Hanne Arts
Being a teenager is not easy. Even a healthy teen has problems. But if a girl, or boy, has health issues, life can seem impossible. In Author Hanne Arts latest novel, RED RIBBON, Christina has anorexia, as well as other problems. She hates her body. She loves her boyfriend, Filip, who has his own life to deal with. Christina keeps a diary that allows the reader to see her emotions, to feel her challenges, and to hope that she finds herself, the girl that she can be.
RED RIBBON is a heartbreaking story that will have you wishing you could tell Chrissy that she’s beautiful, and her family loves her, and she can be healed. The author has written a book that young people who have self-image problems or eating disorders or other ideas that make them feel inferior should read. This novel would be a great addition to middle grade and high school libraries.
The author sent me a copy of the book for my honest review.
Happy Reading. I think I'll read a fun story next.