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. Volume XIV Number 20 . . . . May 30, 2008
Marthe Jocelyn’s new young adult novel, Would You, is impossible to put down. I would also challenge any reader to get through it without crying. This novel will speak particularly to readers aged twelve and older who have coped with grief and loss, but Jocelyn’s tight, witty prose and compelling pacing make it a worthwhile reading experience for anyone.
In only some 160 pages, Jocelyn tells the story of the toughest summer in 15-year-old Natalie’s life. It starts out looking like a lot of fun, and the descriptions of the antics Nat and her zany group of friends undertake to alleviate their boredom ring absolutely true of adolescence. But in small chunks of text headed by Natalie’s thoughtful take on the changing realities of her life, we see that ever-so-typical summer blasted apart by disaster: her older sister Claire is hit by a car, rushed to hospital in a coma, and then.... Well, you should really read the book.
Simultaneously commenting with profound depth on the fragility of life while offering an entertaining reading experience, Would You is that rare gem: a truly well-written YA novel.
Michelle Superle teaches Children’s Literature, Composition, and Creative Writing at the University of the Fraser Valley.
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