Young God by Katherine Faw Morris
What’s it about?
Nikki is a 13-year-old girl living in rural North Carolina. We follow her life for a short time in this very raw novel.
What did I think?
This novel was written in a bleak, sparse style that matched the plot. Reading this book was much like watching a train wreck- you want to look away but somehow you just don’t. The writer has style, but her characters lack depth and you start to feel like you are being beaten with a hammer. The best sparse, raw novels are the ones where we catch a small glimpse of goodness in the face of real sorrow. It is one dismal day after another in Nikki’s life, with not even a glimmer of humanity or beauty.
Should you read it?
It is incredibly quick and if you like raw, bleak novels then you may enjoy this. I think there are better books out there that are written in this style.
“HEROIN IS THE MOST SECRET OF THEM ALL and needles are the most secret part and she has loved secrets ever since she was a little girl.”
If you like this try-
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Elegies for the Broken Hearted by Christie Hodgen
We the Animals by Justin Torres
Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodell
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edge of your seat
― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!