Sunday, April 4, 2010
The Snowball Effect is a book that stands apart, in more ways than one. Set after Lainey's high school graduation, she feels her future and its possibilities and expectations stretching out before her, and suffers from the conflicting feelings of wanting to be independent and on her own, and her responsibility to her family and Collin. This plays into her anger, denial, and hurt over her mother's suicide, and Lainey's struggle to understand her mother, who is portrayed as distant and flighty, is well drawn out and thoroughly examined. The blue-collar setting is different, but welcome: Lainey is quite blunt about her family's financial situation, from their lack of money, her dead-end mall job, and the fact that many of her friends don't attend college. This well-written and thoughtful book, which reminded me of Peter Hedges’ What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, is honest and riddled with smart metaphors that will really resonate with readers. Holly Nicole Hoxter is an author to watch!
Cover Comments: I loathe this cover! The girl on the cover looks awkward, and nothing like Lainey at all, and the whole concept of the stacked cups just doesn't really fit the book. I hope this one goes through a cover makeover when it comes out in paperback.
ARC received from publisher.