I would like to say thank you to Random house publishing group for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
In an idyllic community of wealthy California families, new teacher Molly Nicoll becomes intrigued by the hidden lives of her privileged students. Unknown to Molly, a middle school tragedy in which they were all complicit continues to reverberate for her kids: Nick, the brilliant scam artist; Emma, the gifted dancer and party girl; Dave, the B student who strives to meet his parents expectations; Calista, the hippie outcast who hides her intelligence for reasons of her own. Theirs is a world in which every action may become public postable, shareable, indelible. With the rare talent that transforms teenage dramas into compelling and urgent fiction, Lindsey Lee Johnson makes vivid a modern adolescence lived in the gleam of the virtual, but rich with the sorrow, passion, and beauty of life in any time, and at any age.
The story is told through different perspectives of different people. These are people you are most likely to walk into at a school. The prom queen, the bully, the outcast, and the teacher. You walk through all the different footsteps and take a look through the different pairs of eyes but it tells one story. At first it looks as if it is just short stories taken from each character but as you continue you realise how all the different walks leads to one path.
A metaphor for this book:
I compare this book to flash cards. I remember as a kid the teacher would take new words and have one word on a white flash card. The whole class would read the word in a chorus. Even though it was one word it meant something different to everybody in that moment. When read out loud it was being pronounced differently by each child and it was being processed by the brain in a unique way. That’s what I feel this book achieved. It shows you everyday lives but shows different shadows in each character. It shows you the importance of how life is processed differently by everybody. Somebody isn’t just a bully and then that’s all they are. There is always something more and deeper to someone then what the first glance tells you.
What I liked about this book:
I loved how it was able to make each character truly different. When the chapter changes, it didn’t have to tell me I was being introduced to a new character. I knew it. I knew by the new tone and dialect.
What I didn’t like about this book:
I didn’t like the ending. It seemed rather unremarkable as if the book could still be secretly continuing somewhere and the real ending was hidden. Maybe that’s just because it’s a Literacy fiction and not a young adult novel? I wonder…
Quotes I loved in this book:
“But the beauty was foreign to her. She wore it like expensive jewelry she knew was dangerous to own”
“Her face was a question she considered daily, widening her eyes in the mirror on the inside of her locker, sucking the flesh of her cheeks between her.”
3 dangerous snowflakes.