Friday, July 4, 2014
And We Stay (YA)
Book #61 Read in 2014
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
This was a great young adult read, told in prose and poems. Emily is dealing with the fact that her boyfriend brought a gun into the school library and killed himself. To help her heal, her parents send her to a boarding school, just around the corner from Emily Dickinson's house. Emily (modern Emily) begins to write poems as a sort of therapy and begins to feel a kinship with the poet Emily, and she begins to research the poet's life.
While a quick read, this book has a lot of meat to it and deals with a variety of tough topics. Emily is a complex main character and I like that she is intelligent. She is definitely broken and this book is sort of a raw wound as one reads it.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review through the Amazon Vine program.