Friday, December 18, 2015
Conversion, by Katherine Howe
An interesting premise where Howe, inspired by a real-life outbreak of mysterious symptoms at a private school in 2012, combined that story with her knowledge of Salem's unfortunate events, to create a novel about the intense emotional pressures that girls face around graduation. I found that to be a clever concept and the storytelling to be exquisite. I'm less of a fan of the actual story, but that is because the subject matter has always seemed distasteful to me. The combination of egocentricity, prejudice, and sheer spiritual vacuum that is exhibited at Salem holds about as much appeal as a slasher movie for me. But the story works and I certainly finished the book.