Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Thing With Feathers - Book Review

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Book Overview:

Sixteen-year-old Emilie Day is not like the other girls from her town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She has epilepsy, is homeschooled, and would rather be reading classic literature than be the center of attention. Ever since her father’s death and her diagnosis, risk has not been in Emilie’s vocabulary. Unfortunately, all the safety she’s built for herself is about to be stripped away when, on her doctor’s recommendation, Emilie is sentenced to spend her junior year at North Ridge High School. Fueled by frustration, Emilie doesn’t plan to stay…or tell anyone about her epilepsy. But Emilie isn’t banking on meeting new friends or getting to know the handsome and charming Chatham York. And she definitely isn’t counting on falling for him when they’re paired up to do a research project on Emily Dickinson. Chatham challenges Emilie to face her fears—but he doesn’t know what she dreads most is a public grand mal seizure.

About the Author:

McCall Hoyle, writes honest YA novels about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. She is a middle school language arts teacher. Her own less-than-perfect teenage experiences and those of the girls she teaches inspire many of the struggles in her books. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s spending time with her family and their odd assortment of pets—a food-obsessed beagle, a grumpy rescue cat, and a three-and-a-half-legged kitten. She has an English degree from Columbia College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. She lives in a cottage in the woods in North Georgia where she reads and writes every day.

My Review:

Author McCall Hoyle has taken teenage misgivings and made it into a story that resonates with young adults today.  The Thing with Feathers tells of a girl, Emilie, who has epilepsy and is afraid to let others know of her condition.  She's been home-schooled for several years and is comfortable with that situation.  Emilie's father is not in the picture due to death from sickness and Emilie's mom is trying to move on with her own life while also placating Emilie.  

Emilie is not thrilled one bit when she has to attend public school but agrees to give it a trial run.  While in school, she encounters the cliche mean girls and meets a popular boy who seems to have interest in her.  Emilie doesn't want to let her guard down and isn't comfortable with letting people in her life due to her epilepsy.  She has to learn to navigate through life and "normal" teenager issues.

For the most part, I enjoyed this book and how it gave a teen's point-of-view on several issues that might affect them.  There were some parts that I found to be cliche or unremarkable.  For instance, I had a hard time grasping that one of the school's most popular guys would almost instantly fall for the new girl without having much depth first.  But the message that this story conveys is reassuring and I was engaged with the character development.


Yona Williams said...

I really like the cover design for this book…it's really pretty.

Melissa Storms said...

I think I would enjoy this book. I had a friend with epilepsy and it was definitely a fear for her to have a seizure in public.