Favorite Books Read in 2016

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This are my top 15 books I read in 2016.  Some were published in 2015, but read in 2016. It includes realistic fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, action, and even a graphic novel (which isn’t normally my genre of choice).  Some are in a series while others are strong stand-alone novels.  A few are not only 2016 favorites, but will probably be favorites for a long while. [click on titles to see full summaries and age recommendations].

  • Daughter of Deep Silence  (2015) – Carrie Ryan
    • Such a mystery, such a conspiracy, and such intense revenge.  A cruise ship is attacked and everyone murdered except for Frances, a senator, and the senator’s son.  Year’s later, and with a new identity, Frances is out for the truth and vengeance after she learns the senator and his son lied about the ship.
  • Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans  (2015) – Don Brown
    • A graphic novel if ever I saw one!  This is an honest portrayal of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation in New Orleans from bodies bloated on the streets afterward to how FEMA handled the storm.  Graphic for sure, but with respect.
  • Everything, Everything (2015) – Nicola Yoon
    • Maddy and Ollie are odd teens for different reasons, though Maddy’s certainly takes the cake with her illness and pretty much being a “bubble girl” who must stay in a super neat, germ free environment.  She is smart, witty, and a great character.  The witty banter is a gem in this story, but there’s a super shock at the end which makes you want to reread the book again.  Yoon provides characters who are racially diverse as well as diverse in lifestyles.
  • The Glass Sword  (2016) – Victoria Aveyard                                                                               (The Red Queen series: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
    • One of the best series for strong female characters and some crazy Shakespearean plots and vengeance.  Fantasy at its best with evil rulers, underdogs with growing power, star-crossed-lovers, and battles between the elite and those they have treated others poorly for generations.  Now people rise together for the good of all.
  • Holding Up the Universe (2016) – Jennifer Niven
    • A beautiful story of struggle and acceptance of oneself.  Almost as great as All the Bright Places for a lovely lesson (less heartbreaking), but the kick awesomeness of dancing “I know who I am” Libby makes this girl one of my favorites.  A light romance, but the focus is more about loving who you are and being true to yourself.
  • I Was Here (2015) – Gayle Forman
    • Coping and trying to find answers to a friend’s suicide, Forman focuses on the depth of the grieving process and shows that it’s different for everyone.  This truly shows the “tentacles of suicide”.  As Cody tries to find the reason of her friend’s suicide she comes across something much darker in an online chat room.  This is a dark plot for sure, but a great reminder that people are not as they appear and also that life is unpredictable and grief is an ongoing process.
  • Inherit Midnight (2015) – Kate Kae Myers
    • Think Amazing Race with spoiled rich relatives.  Avery is either very lucky to be a VanDemere (very wealthy) or unlucky (she’s the black sheep of the family). She is on a quest, both geographically and personally, as she must trace her family’s history in order to receive letters from a mother who left her behind and whom Avery was told was dead.  There’s some romance, action, and a twist.
  • The Midnight Star  (2016) – Marie Lu                                                                                              The Young Elites (2014, 2015, 2016)
    • This is a great series of power hungry people with magical powers.  The Malfettos were once abused by society for surviving an illness and now having magical powers.  Soon they become the rulers as different magical people fight for power.  Men and women alike both are powerful, fall victim to selfish goals, and show vulnerabilities.  It offers great closure for our characters, but not after many, many battles and so many deaths we wonder which ruler will survive.  A great focus is on the love between sisters.
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here (2015) – Patrick Ness
    • A lighter, more humorous mix of realistic fiction and fantasy.  Yes, it’s about a group of friends in high school who live in a town that seems to always have some supernatural occurrence every few years.  As the indie kids begin disappearing, the quartet of friends are just trying to make it to graduation. A group of diverse teens for sure, even before the supernatural visits the town.
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly (2015) – Stephanie Oaks
    • A blast to the past with cabins, horses, and all the inequality for a female growing up in a cult.  The story is told in flashbacks and FBI interviews as Minnow is in juvenile detention after the cult’s camp burned down.  She also has no hands after they were cut off as a punishment by the Prophet. At first glance, it seems an adult novel due to plot and violence, but Minnow is a very strong teenager who faces loss, love, and is super strong.
  • Salt to the Sea (2016) – Ruta Sepetys
    • I finished this book weeks ago and still feel it’s too recent that I may cry thinking about some of these characters – their kindness, their bravery, their sacrifices, and their lives.  This book would be in my top 5 for 2016 for sure.  Based on the true story of a former cruise ship with 10,000 refugees on board fleeing from East Prussia at the end of WWII.  A ship with about 8,500 too many passengers and torpedoed by the Russians.  Our group of strangers all have different beautiful and heartbreaking experiences. A story that stays with the reader, especially knowing it’s based on a true story.
  • The School for Unusual Girls (2015) – Kathleen Baldwin                                                    Stranje House series (2015, 2016, 2017)
    • In 1841, a feisty daughter who likes to study science is not necessarily a good thing.  Gergiana is not obedient and she is sent off to a Miss. Stranje, whose boarding house is known for breaking the will of the strongest female and shaping her into the type of female respectable for high society….. or so it is believed.  In a house full of smart, adventurous, females who don’t fit the normal roles in society, these young ladies are educated and personal skills encouraged.  Did I mention they are spies assisting the British Army?
  • Spontaneous (2016) – Aaron Starmer
    • Back to seniors in high school just wanting to graduate, but suddenly they begin to suffer from spontaneous combustion.  Oddly humorous, often poignant, and certainly odd, but an attention grabber.  This is entertaining and also makes us think to live our lives focused on the here and now because – poof – (or Boom! most likely), we could be gone at any moment.
  • Sweet (2015) – Emmy Laybourne
    • One of the most crazy plots for sure (even more than her series Monument 14, one of my all time favorites), but the underline of addiction and corporate greed certainly is not so far fetched.  To put it bluntly, a cruise ship full of celebrities, overweight non-celebrities, and plenty of cameras set out to sea with a hot new product on board.  Solu is a sweetener that will help people lose weight.  It seems too good to be true until the pounds begin falling off the people on board.  Soon they are addicted, shrunken versions of themselves, and they behavior changes.  For the few people not taking Solu it becomes a matter of survival trapped out at sea.
  • The War That Saved My Life (2015) – Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    • Another historical fiction from WWII, but this one is about the British children sent from London to the country for safety.  But the “rescue” has a second meaning for Ada, a 9 year old with a disability whose mother kept her locked in the one room apartment in London.  Now in the countryside, Ada and her brother have found kindness from a reluctant caregiver and Ada finds both safety and love in a new family.  It’s a beautiful story on how families can be created by love, not just DNA.

 

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, The Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel – Deborah Hopkinson

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Life for Eel is difficult as he tries to survive the streets of London as an orphan, doing odd jobs and being a “mudlark” who searches along the River Themes for trinkets to sell.  With a cruel man after him, no parents to protect him, and a little brother he pays lodging for, life is worse than for most 13 year olds.  And then an outbreak of cholera (“the blue death”) occurs the streets of his friends and community.

Together with the good doctor, Eel uses his wits and familiarity with the locals to try to help the doctor learn more of the disease and how it spreads.  Happy to have a safe place – even though it’s a shed – and two meals a day, Eel feels important in trying to protect his neighbors as he learns the ways of medicine and science.  After losing a few friends he is even more focused with Doctor Snow.  Can Eel get past his station as a mudlark and help the good doctor?  Will Henry remain safe?

I love a good historical fiction, and this doesn’t disappoint.  There is action until the end and things get wrapped up quite nicely as many juvenile books do.  The reader is even lucky enough to have author’s notes at the end and learn more about the mid 1800’s, this real epidemic, and some of the real people – like Doctor Snow.

Spontaneous – Aaron Starmer

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Right when I think, “Where can YA books go next?  What will make a dystopia or a realistic fiction different?” I find my answer in Spontaneous: spontaneous combustion.

Yep, it’s just a normal day at high school when a student explodes in pre-calculus.  At first what seems an odd, freak accident causes everyone to pause and grieve for their loss when *kapow* (my words, not Starmer’s) another student explodes, splattering himself and blood all over classmates.  The FBI comes to investigate, but for Mara, she’d rather not try and figure out why this is happening, but wants to deny it – first with drugs, later with a boy named Dylan.  Through the year, an FBI investigation, a hashtag led night of vandalism, someone exploding in front of the [female] president, a brief reprise from spontaneous combustion, the senior class seems to survive with only the occasional explosion.  Mara’s focus on survival is set more on her best friend, Tess, and a new boyfriend, Dylan, who has a dangerous past. I’m not sure how teenagers exploding can still have a humorous tone, but this story does.  It also has a much deeper message behind the obvious plot.  From a recovering PTSD war verteran teacher to misfit teenagers finding common ground in their situation.  In the end differences are not what matter, but their common humanity does.

In a vulgar, ludicrous (often over-the-top with language or descriptions) storytelling, the heart of the story is exposed at the very end, on a prom night when the surviving senior class members all feel, and admit, they are to blame for the Covington Curse.  In reality, they are not, but isn’t that how teenagers internalize a problem?  By trying to explain both their role in an unfortunate experience and the reason why, they are lost and hurting. So while the premise is a bit over-the-top, the deep message of the story is as simple as it can be: love, loss, friendship, healing.  I’m not alone in praise, it’s in the works to be made into a movie.

In the end, I loved this for creativity and honesty with loss and coping mechanisms, even the unhealthy ones.  Self importance, grief, and anger are explained in a perfect teenage mind (Mara sometimes tries to trick the reader or asks us, taking a pause from the storyline, what we believe).  There are unanswered questions by the end, but Mara’s coping, growth, and hope at the end makes me happier than any answer.

Life is rough and we love, learn, grow.  People who like to read about a heartbreak and coping along the lines of Untwine, The Fault in Our Stars, and All the Bright Places, will find a sweet love story among best friends even among the bloody explosions.

“I am the same.  Through all this shit, I haven’t changed.  Not really. I love my parents.  I love my best friend.  I am capable of so much love.  Even if I am capable of so many other dark and strange feelings.  Maybe because of that fact.  I have thoughts.  I have opinions.  I have emotions that run the gamut.  They come on all of a sudden, and I will feel guilty about some of them, sure.  I will try to be better, of course.  But I can’t will it all away.  These things are me.” (page 347)

“I will do  more with the time I have but not because I’m afraid that the time I have is limited.  It may be a lot longer than I could ever expect, and I sure as hell don’t want to waste it brooding and worrying about my every little thought.” (page 351)

Final thoughts which leave me struggling about the book as whole for knowing your audience before recommending:

I’d be hesitant to recommend it to younger YA readers*.

The ending and last paragraph about sitting out the sunset made me cry.

A great book and a lesson how how to shape your overall outlook on life.


*I’m not a prude, but be wary of this one for language and a page and 1/2 sex scene.  Though I appreciate Starmer’s writing about safe sex with birth control and condom use, words typically avoided in YA books.

Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys

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There aren’t a lot of books that the night I finish reading it, I wake and in my groggy state think back to the heartbreaking parts or dialogue.  I mean, Come On Ruta Sepetys! This is not only based on a true story, but has amazing characters – brave, loyal, courageous, kind.  And Emilia – a “warrior” (as Florian eventually calls her) for sure.   Read it.  Trust Me. Tears will flow, but they are worth it.

In 1945, thousands of refugees were trying to flee Germany.  Joana, a Lithuanian, is hunted by guilt.  Florian is Prussian has a plan he believes fate will hunt him or lead him to success.  Emilia who is Polish is living in shame and Alfred, the German sailor, is hunted by fear and a strange view of self-importance.   As these people come together, either trying to flee or trying to survive, each faces their fears and personal dangers.

This is the story of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff at the end of WWII when 10,000 people were boarded on the cruiser [built for 1,463 passengers] to evacuate East Prussia.  Once at sea, a soviet submarine shot it with torpedoes and it sank, killing over 9,343 people.  It is the deadliest maritime disaster in history.  Sepetys writes of these hidden histories so that their stories are told and she does it so beautifully and respectfully.

I am still thinking of these characters 24 hours after completing the novel.  War brings about horrible situations, especially to the children, which is shown through these characters as well as the thousands of refugees our group encounters along the roads, walking across frozen bodies of water, and later on the ship which seems a savior, but ends up killing thousands.  Such wonderfully wise passages from The Poet, the elderly shoe maker who cares for Klaus, the 6 year old orphan, who still manages to find good in the world even as death surrounds all of them.  The historic details gained from Sepetys’ research are heartbreaking and shocking, especially to the desperate parents and the children cast aside.  The stories of the babies are really the only reason I would say 14 and over.  This was the first time I read all of the author’s notes following the completion of a work of historical fiction.

One of my top favorites for historical fiction, books worth crying over, and overall goodness still being in the world when there appears to be none left.  And that Emilia, quite the selfless warrior.

 

The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) – Marie Lu

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Three different groups of people continue to fight for power and their desire to be the one ruler in the final installment following  The Young Elites and The Rose Society.

Adelina is where she wants to be after the first two installments of this trilogy and that is as the White Wolf ruler.  She has reversed all prejudice and killings of the marked (those with powers) and has reversed the hatred she and her people faced and now in pure revenge fashion, aims it towards her former perpetrators.  She, along with her Rose Society of warriors, ensures that all marked (those formerly dubbed the ‘malfettos’) are respected in society. Her anger, and the voices in her head, make her self-conscious, paranoid, and cruel.

A few countries away her sister Violetta’s health is failing and a  prediction given earlier that the Elites will lose their powers and die seems to be coming true.  Violetta is protected by a powerful group of Elites – the same group that used to work with Adelina.  The Daggers know Adelina has gone off the deep end with her quest for revenge. They are another group vying for power.

Then there is Queen Maeve, one of the best female characters since Lady Macbeth, who harbors the two men that she brought back from death – and not with their former humanity.  Enzo, the former Malfetto Prince is still as powerful, but will kill more easily and Maeve must realize that her youngest brother, the one she always protected, is now more harmful than she realized.  Better think twice before bringing people back from the Underworld.  So Maeve, her soldiers, and her half-dead violent men are the third group.

Soon all sides collide in a battle of skill, power, and death.  People are captured by the other side and no one seems safe from each other or from the new threat they all face as marked malfettos, but a larger issue faces the powerful marked leaders: they are losing their powers.  A prophecy that was shared in the second book of the series seems to be coming true and now these strong leaders and enemies must come together for their own survival.  As battles continue, more people die (seriously – it’s like a Game of Thrones season), we wonder who will survive, who will retain power, and who will be the last leader standing. As the Elites travel to find the Gods and into the Underworld in order to learn why their powers lessen, more die on their journey.  This is a conclusion to the series that was focused on power and ruling an empire, but resolves in characters finding forgiveness, peace, love, and loyalty.

All in all after a violent, power hungry series, the Elites all finish mostly happily – if they were lucky enough to survive – and it’s a sweet ending, full circle all the way.

P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

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Lily wants to be a songwriter and her constant need to create lyrics eventually leads her to a secret pen-pal who can also talk about music.  For a girl who doesn’t feel she fits in at her high school other than with her best friend and no help to Cade, who singles her out whenever he can, she finally finds a person who she can be completely open with. It begins as a simple doodle and lyric on a desk in Chemistry class, but soon develops to a full note exchange between classes.  This is similar to You’ve Got Mail with pen-pals being school notes left in a desk.

Once Lily learns a few details about her pen-pal, she begins to look at most kids in her school with a curious thought: could he/she be the pen pal?  Juggling school, a music competition, and her overcrowded house with a sister and twin younger brothers, there’s not a lot of time for Lily to write.  Add to this, her best friend and her boyfriend trying to set her up with their friend Daniel.  Soon Lily wonders is her pen pal the cute boy she always sees listening to his headphones or should she stop hiding behind the secrecy of letter writing and focus on Daniel right in front of her?

She is a strong girl who doesn’t mind wearing the clothes she buys from thrift stores or being the odd girl who stands up to Cade.  Still, the mystery of a stranger who she can speak about music with is inciting and causes Lily to act similarly as any teenager with a crush.  It’s honest and real and any teen uninterested in dating or those that don’t mind developing crushes each week will enjoy.  Readers will find themselves in a little bit of Lily.  Characters can be independently strong, yet also susceptible to the actions of peers and the distractions of a first crush.


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Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

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Jennifer Niven continues to bring together two unlikely people with the characters of Libby Strout (the fattest teen in America) and Jack Masselin, who cannot recognizes faces.  After years of Libby being home-bound (and losing hundreds of pounds) she reenters the world of public school, years after she had to be removed from her house by a crane.  Libby has overcome her mother’s death and faces high school bravely and with a fierce sense of humor.  Jack, always trying to fit in with those around him so that they don’t notice his moments of confusion at not recognizing his friends, remembers Libby from the night her house was taken apart so that an overweight girl could be lifted from it.

Now in high school, Jack gets caught up in a cruel game of ‘fat girl rodeo’ and he and Libby are linked together beginning with the prank and ending with group sessions and community service.  Libby is brave throughout the story, hardly letting teasing affect her.  She dances, has a quick wit, and knows people have seen the news story of her years ago, but doesn’t let it define her.  Soon she is also the only one Jack has confided into about his Prosopagnosia disorder.  An unlikely friendship for sure, but it is one with humor and support.

“We’re all weird and damaged in our own way. You’re not the only one.”

In the bravest move Libby could imagine, she proves to students – and herself – that she IS wanted, that everyone has insecurities, and that she is alive and present.  She encourages everyone to be proud of themselves and dance!  With a unique challenge/diagnosis pairing, the plot is original and really focuses on being true to yourself and loving what makes you – You!  There is a lot of cussing in this one though which is why I have it as 14 or over.


I kept thinking of the title and wondered if ‘holding up the universe’ was the weight on Libby’s shoulders, or thinking back to her substantial weight gain after her mother’s death, but finally I think it’s about how everyone is connected.  It’s a collective togetherness.

On a side note

– there is some backlash on the internet about Niven’s portrayal of obesity and the few moments Libby doubts her worth.  Instead of focusing on those fictional thoughts, the more significant portrayal of Libby is one who is fiercely strong, funny, kind, brave, and happy.  In the letter she writes to everyone/anyone, she gives worth to everyone, no matter their intelligence, size, race, or skill.  Some also think her portrayal of a cognitive disorder is romanticizing mental defects and focuses too severely on prosopagnosia.  Niven always researches for her books and writes in a respectful, profound, and delicate way.  I’m sure, like every disorder there is a range of severity, and she focused on Jack’s as severe.  As always though, this is fiction.  Enjoy fiction and know the overall tone is one of kindness, being true to yourself, and seeing past the labels of high school.

As always, I love Jennifer Niven and find her writing beautiful and that the story is always worth reading.

“Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there. Love, a fellow reader”

Faceless – Alyssa B. Sheinmel

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Maisie, on a morning jog, becomes the victim of a freak accident.  Lightening strikes a tree causing a large branch to fall on electrical wires and Maisie is severely burned.  She does not remember the event, but wakes in the hospital after being in a medically induced coma.  Before the accident she was looking forward to Junior Prom, her jogs, and trying to ignore her fighting parents.  Now, waking months after the accident her injuries are worse than 3rd degree burns.  With half of her face gone, bones missing, and bandages along the left side of her body, Maisie’s life is altered forever.

With the possibility of a partial face transplant, Maisie must face (no pun intended) if moving on means moving on without the face she has known.  Can she return to her old life, but with a new face?  The transplant would possibly allow her to smell, taste, and feel the skin on her face, which is what she wants, but the thought of someone else’s face staring back in a reflection might be more difficult than healing physically.

As Maisie struggles to adjust both in the new flesh and immerse herself back into the high school setting, she begins a dangerous self-medication, or rather not-medicating.  On top of her own thoughts, she also overhears the opinions of her classmates and boyfriend Chirag who are struggling with the “new” Maisie as well.  As physical therapy continues, Maisie also goes to a support group with people coping with their physical ailments.  There she meets Adam who never knew the “old” Maisie.  And in Group, Maisie finally finds people who can understand what she is going through.

“You have to learn to love yourself before you can love someone else. Because it’s only when we love ourselves that we feel worthy of someone else’s love.”

The struggles, insecurities, and anger are truthful and beautifully written.  Maisie’s inner thoughts are honest and real, even once she has finished mourning her loss.  She has a few moments when she is able to joke and laugh again.  The process of healing (or even not healing) is long and different for everyone (as shown by people in her support group) and Sheinmel covers it with care, respect, and realistically.  With the whole last section focused on processing information, it being OK to be angry, resentfulness, jealous, and mad at the world, there is precious time given to the process of understanding and the psychological aspects of healing.  Maisie constantly refers to her current life as “Maisie 2.0” since she is no longer who she was. But, as the character Adam says, (paraphrasing), life continues to move and experiences shape you, whether old Maisie or 2.0 Maisie were here.  The fact is YOU are here and what will YOU do?

This is a beautiful story.  A top favorite like All The Bright Places.

 

The Book of Broken Hearts – Sarah Ockler

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Jude Hernandez is 18, the much younger sister of three older sisters who live around the country, and is spending her summer before college in an effort to fix her dad’s old motorcycle.  Why?  Because her dad, Papi, is at the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and Jude sees how each time Papi speaks of his summer riding the motorcycle, he lights up.  The only problem is the 19 year old who is the hired worker to fix the motorcycle is Emilio Vargas – the youngest brother of the Vargas boys who have broken the elder Hernandez sisters’ hearts.

Jude (JuJu) was a 12-year-old preteen when she took the oath to swear off the Vargas family with her older sisters.  Surely now that the eldest sisters are living in different states, and are grown, the juvenile oath doesn’t hold…. the bike can get fixed before the summer and her sisters will never know Emilio Vargas was invited into the Hernandez household.  The only problem is Emilio shares the good looks of the Vargas family, and JuJu not only relies on him to restore the motorcycle, but begins to rely on him during the summer she cares for her ailing dad.

With sisterly humor, family struggles, a light romance, and a daughter’s love wanting to do something for her father who is disappearing from their lives.  Her love for her dad surpasses the sisterly oath.  In a light, entertaining read, this is an entertaining romantic and even silly story of a family and first romance.

A Mad Wicked Folly – Sharon Biggs Waller

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1909, high society London, women only being seen as wives and mothers with their only purpose of keeping house and children in high society….. and then there’s Victoria (Vicky), the independent 17 year old attending art school in Paris who one day poses nude for the men in her class.  Yep, she’s ahead of her time.

After being expelled from school she is shipped back to London in shameful disgrace (from society, not her own) to parents who not only don’t appreciate her artistic talent, but do not appreciate her independence.  Vicky’s struggle to convince her parents to let her go to art school with men quickly connects her to the struggles of the time with suffragettes in Europe wanting the vote.  Will Vicky realize her own dreams for equality to attend art school is the same struggle these women face with voting rights?

“This is why we all fight so hard.  Not just for the vote, but for an equal opportunity in the world.  A vote is a voice.”

Apparently Queen Victoria is quoted as saying the struggle for women’s equality was a ‘mad, wicked folly’.  As for our Vicky, she struggles with choosing a life of freedom and one that is financial stable.  She isn’t vain, but realistic and with the promise of the fiance to allow (I know right, “allow” irks me too) but at the time, the husband or father must allow freedom of the female…. so in allowing her to attend art school, Vicky is in agreement to marry.  When she works with the suffragettes and meets people around town she doesn’t want to be the kept upper crust, society event driven female.  She applies to art school with the help of a new, unpredictable stranger turned friend.

There are so many strong females in this novel.  From Cumberbrunch, the ladies maid who secretly works for the suffragettes, to Lucy (the brazen American), to the wonderful Sylvia Pankhurst and even Vicky’s mom.  Regardless of position or circumstance, these ladies provide many strong characters who fight for equality.

As many do, Vicky must decide which life she wants to live – the one in which life seems easy and laid out for her or the one that is worth fighting for.  This is the story of females fighting for equality.


An added bonus to this novel is there are Author’s Notes about the time period, hunger strikes, Edwardian clothing, and Votes for Women information, but a legitimate bibliography.

Historical Fiction at its finest.