Backlash - YA Review by Veronica K

Reader: Veronica K.
Age: 14
Title: Backlash
Author: Sarah Darer Littman
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub Date: 03/31/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The characters were amazing. They interacted well, they were real people, and I can see the problems that they have actually being a problem that a real person can have. The plot moved quickly enough to be interesting, but slow enough to make sense. What bothers me stylistically about this book is the nonlinear plot. (Part one is after a character tries to kill herself, part two is previous to that, and part three is the same time as the first part.) That bothers me, but it worked, and I can see other people liking it.
Memorable or Forgettable: What really stood out to me is the family set up. Both younger siblings felt like they were dragged into their family problems against their will, and that their parents did not understand them, and that everything was against them. This is almost exactly like a lot of people's lives, and nobody wants to mention it. There are actually a lot of problems in this book that a lot of people are scared of mentioning, and that is what will make this book memorable.
Cover: The cover turned me away. Not a good cover. But that is just me, and I am special, so it is probably okay. Except for the fact that it did not reflect its contents as well as it could have.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal

tags:  coming of age / social media / teen suicide / dysfunctional families / ya lit

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