Thank You Riverhead Books for the advanced copy of this book.
Summary: This story starts off at the eve of Melody’s coming of age ceremony and goes back in time to tell the story of how that day came to be. This story is told through five different perspectives who all play a role in Melody’s life. The story of Melody’s parents and grandparents unfolds to show how they got to where they are now and the trials and tribulations faced along the way.
Thoughts: I cant even begin to start talking about my feelings toward this book. I saw that it mentions poetry in the description and when I started reading I thought how is this poetry. I had never seen prose written in this format but as I kept reading I fell in love with the structure of this book. Every section was powerful and moving, this style told the story in a way that felt authentic.
You get to grow emotionally attached to all of these characters even in the short time you know them. Each of their stories is emotionally charged and unforgettable. This book covers so many difficult topics and issues in such a great way. I really love how they address the many decisions young adults make before they know who they are and how they look back at those choices.
Something else that I enjoyed in this book was how the words chosen and the structure of each chapter had a big impact on you as a reader. I loved how moved I felt after reading one of the character’s POV and then switching into another head space as I read about another. I loved seeing the contrast of social class not just in the eyes on each individual character but how those characters thought others saw it as well.
I recommend this to those of you who enjoy books that are a reflection on life or who want something new to read.
You can get this book at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.