Friday, August 9, 2013
ABC Reading Challenge: A - Angry by Laura L. Smith
From the back cover:
Emma is angry. She’s angry at her siblings, who she always has to baby sit; her parents, who are divorcing and ruining her life in the process; and herself for not measuring up to anyone’s standards.
With her simmering feelings ready to spill over at any time, Emma's self-worth plummets. Her faith in God is tested in the face of overwhelming hurt that threatens to send her over the edge. Can she turn back in time?
What I thought: There's lots of Les Mis. I love the musical Les Miserables, and this little book showcases a lot of it, from auditions, to show night. I liked a lot of the characters, like Emma's younger siblings. Her dad annoyed me. Laura Smith likes to write stories about tough issues from rape (It's Complicated) to eating disorders (skinny) and she does a great job at it. Truthfully, someone needs to tackle these issues. Of course there were some things that the characters could have handled better, etc... but for the most part, I found this a really enjoyable book handling the subject of divorce without sugarcoating it, or making it seem like it was right. And it shows that God is the only one that can keep us from being Angry.