aka YA Literature
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Book Review: All We Know of Heaven
I love Jacquelyn Mitchard's adult novels and I was so pleased to discover that she was also writing for the teen set. Last year, I read and enjoyed her debut teen novel, Now You See Her. One thing I really like about Mitchard's books are the unusual plots. Now You See Her is about a teen girl who staged her own abduction. I liked the book well enough and hoped that Mitchard would continue writing YA literature. Last week, I picked up her second YA novel, All We Know of Heaven. All We Know of Heaven is the story of two best friends who get in a really bad car accident. While one is in a coma, the town buries and mourns the other. The only problem? The have confused the two girls and the one who is swollen and almost unrecognizable in the hospital is the one the town thinks they have buried. They (the hospital, the small town, the parents, etc.) soon realize their mistake and the story is about the complications and pain that arise thereafter. Sounds implausible, right? But Mitchard totally sells it. I found the story completely riveting and the characters well drawn. I still prefer her adult novels, but I do hope Jacquelyn Mitchard continues to write teen lit.