Thursday, May 03, 2012

2012 book 128

 Anna Jarzab's The Opposite of Hallelujah
When I read the description of this book, which is something like "A teenage girl's much older sister returns home after a long absence, and long-held secrets come out" I assumed the older sister was actually the teenager's mom and was relieved to quickly discover this wasn't that kind of book at all. In fact, it's pretty much as far from that as you can get, because the older sister is actually returning home after spending the last eight years in a convent, training to be a nun. So that's kind of weird for the protagonist, who's also dealing with general high school angst. Things did get a bit too melodramatic for my tastes toward the end, but I really enjoyed the protagonist's relationship with her friends, and thought her love interest was very likable and nicely quirky. I also was pleased at how much discussion there was of religion, and science, and religion & science. It was a bit more philosophical than the usual YA book. B.

An e-galley was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in October.

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