Published by Merit Press on January 18th, 2017
Secrets Were a Way of Life.
But Secrets Have Gone Too Far …
Every year, Lucy waits eagerly for the arrival of the “snowbirds,” the Old Order Amish who come trundling into Florida on buses from the north, bringing Lucy’s best friend Alice, with whom she’s spent every winter she can remember. This winter is different. At sixteen, Alice is in the middle of “Rumspringa,” a season in which Amish teens try out forbidden temptations, in order to get them out of their system. Lucy is part of a different sect, in which teens aren’t allowed such bold experimentation, and she’s fighting to keep up as Alice races from one wild party to the next. Then, one night after just such a party, Alice vanishes. Wracked by guilt, Lucy knows that she should have been watching out for Alice, but instead, she was kissing Faron, an Older Order boy shunned by his society. Now, Lucy plunges into a search for her best friend—while also hiding her own secret, which could put her in even more danger.
Hi guys and welcome to our tour stop for Snowbirds. Go forth and read my review of this unique book and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.
I hadn’t heard a thing about this book until I got the blog tour email from Hannah and before I even finished reading the synopsis, I knew I needed to be on this tour. I’ve been fascinated with both the Amish & Mennonite cultures for YEARS. Seriously guys, I’m talking 20+ years of fascination. I also didn’t realize how little these cultures were represented in YA and I’d LOVE to see more books that include these cultures.
I honestly wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book. Especially in the beginning when I was reading it super slowly. I kept wondering if it was going to pick up, if I was going to become more invested in both Lucy & Alice’s fates. Thankfully just after page 100, I got swept up in it. I’m still not sure if it was my mood or maybe I just wasn’t into it when I first started reading it. I am so thankful I kept reading it though.
There were two things I was most concerned about with this book: The first was capturing the Amish & Mennonite lives in a way that was respectful and believable. I don’t think a lot of people are very familiar with these cultures, so I was hoping they would get an accurate glimpse into the cultures. I am very familiar due to the giant research paper I did on these two cultures in my cultural anthropology class many years ago. The second was making sure the characters were well developed and didn’t have the bland-ness that can sometimes occur with stories about these cultures. Depending on which culture you’re talking about, these teens have a lot more responsibility, no “worldly” things like TVs, cell phones, cars etc so it can sometimes be very boring to read about their daily lives.
For the most part, my worries were unfounded. The main characters: Lucy, Alice & Faron were pretty well developed. The secondary characters could have definitely been developed a little better. They seemed a little boring and I really didn’t get much of a sense of who they were. I am now borderline obsessed with Faron. He is the Amish boy Lucy meets on the night of Alice’s disappearance and oh boy is he super swoony. YESSS, first swoony boy of 2017!
What really did happen to Alice that night? Is she alive? Is she dead? Someone knows what happened to her and the answer will totally surprise you. It absolutely surprised me.
CRISSA-JEAN CHAPPELL (crissajeanchappell.com) was born in Miami and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut young adult novel,Total Constant Order, is a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and a VOYA Perfect Ten. Chappell’s second novel, Narc, is currently optioned for film. More Than Good Enough is her most recent novel, which Kirkus calls “compelling and emotionally nuanced.” Chappell holds a PhD and MFA from the University of Miami. She has taught creative writing and cinema studies for more than ten years.
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