Monday, August 1, 2011
Melissa Walker offers a very interesting perspective on an Evangelical community in Small Town Sinners. She does an excellent job at portraying Lacey and her friends in a way that makes them realistic and normal, just more religious and connected to their church community than the teenagers that dominate the YA genre. Of course, faith and uncertainty and questioning what you believe in are all major themes in this book as situations unfold that touch Lacey personally, and the reactions (and sometimes hypocrisy) of her friends, parents, and other members of the community force her to realize that right and wrong aren't so simple, and black and white don't exist in this gray world. Readers can empathize with Lacey on this, especially as she struggles to do what she has always been taught was right while at the same time figuring out what that really is. This novel represents just one denomination of Christianity whose viewpoints and utilization of the Hell House as a "ministry" are very extreme (and wrong) in this reviewer's opinion, but the important message in Small Town Sinners is that we all sin, and are all in need of forgiveness. The events of this story are eye-opening, for both Lacey and for the reader.
Cover Comments: I love this cover so much! The girl hiding her face, the symbolism of the apple and the choice associated with it, the heart-shaped bite, the font...this is just a fabulous cover!
ARC provided by publisher.
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