Welcome to Teen Reads!
For eight weeks this summer, every Monday, the Teen blog will feature a book review and reading recommendations within a given theme.
Each review will be a recommended read from an OPL Teen Advisory Group member.
Here is this week’s review and recommendations.
Book Review by Maggie, Teen Volunteer at Main branch
What Comes After by Steve Watkins
What Comes After is a powerfully moving book about loss, abuse and explores the connection between humans and animals. The author Steve Watkins writes in a style where the reader can feel the main character (Iris) emotional evolution. Even if the reader is not able to directly relate to Iris’ experiences, everyone can empathize with her feelings of loneliness and isolation. Through the readers’ sympathy, the author shines light on the reality of living in an abusive household, as well as how differences in the character can cause violent conflicts. However, on a positive note, the author also shows the strong bond between humans and nature, which is an undiscussed topic that deserves more attention.
Do you have another readalike suggestion for the Coming of Age theme?
In the comment section below, tell us in a few sentences, which book it is and why you would recommend it. All the comments on this blog post (English and French) will be entered in a draw for the weekly $20 Chapters gift card prize. Enter your comment by midnight Sunday, July 14th.
Feel free to recommend more than one book, but only one entry to the draw will be counted per username.
The winner will be contacted on Monday, July 15th.
Take a peek at the upcoming Teen Reads themes and get inspired about what books you will want to recommend.