Startling View of Life in the U.P.

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This book had so much that I loved!! But it was fairly dark for a YA novel, despite the fact that it beautifully reflects the authors own experiences growing up in the U.P. I was surprised at the amount violence and trauma that was openly discussed in a book written for young adults, but unfortunately I am all too aware of the crimes against young women that exist in every community, especially one that has been marginalized.

That being said, I relished in the language and cultural descriptions evident throughout the novel, and I was engaged in the story from page 1. It was a love story, a mystery, and a cultural manuscript all in one, and I hope that this trend of #ownvoice novels continues. These are the kind of stories that reflect the diversity that exists in our country, and these voices should be upheld as the standard of the day. I will definitely be reading more from this author!