Friday, October 21, 2016
Places No One Knows, by Brenna Yovanoff
A strange and original story about finding an honest voice in a world ruled by social pressure to conform. Yovanoff's messages about the destructive expectations of adolescent life and peer pressure are nothing new or original, but are explored in a novel magical realistic way. The nocturnal encounters are just one aspect of this novel's broader exploration of lost souls trying to escape their perceived fate, a theme that is manifested in several different ways.
The story is complicated and not an easy read. I nearly abandoned it because I frequently lost the track or had trouble keeping up with the characters. But the ending is particularly strong and made the effort worthwhile. It is also a book which probably gains in a re-reading (which is rarely true in YA).