Historical fiction, Young Adult/Children

The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones By Daven McQueen

Due to multiple reasons I have been off the blog for a while. Hopefully I will kickstart the process again. So much so, my Nonfiction November stands at only a post for the first week and I might just be making one for the last!

This was a fascinating book to encounter. I do not use this word lightly since I had forgotten what the story was about (when I started reading it), and to see it unfold had me sobbing into the comforter I had tucked myself into during the reading. It is young-adult in the truest sense. The characters are younger and act their age despite being thrown into grave situations.

It took me a while to understand the relationships and who’s-who of the characters and where they fall in the race spectrum. Once I did, I enjoyed the experience (harrowing as the events are).
Our lead protagonist is not the eponymous Juniper Jones but Ethan Harper. He is born in a time where parts of the country do not recognize his existence as something positive. Due to a fight, his father ships him off to his aunt’s where he is to stay for the summer. There are a lot of things his father did not take into consideration when this decision was made. Some of these things are evident to both Ethan and us the readers the minute he starts to look around. Fortunately, there is a beacon of hope, a wild-haired, fast-talking Juniper Jones who decides that it is finally the summer that she unravels her master plan and has found the perfect side-kick. Her every action, naïve and otherwise are all endearing, making her entry a fresh breath of air into a tense situation.
Finally, this works as a work of historical fiction that depicts a very vivid picture of what life must have been like immediately after the abolition of slavery. I highly recommend this to anyone who finds the synopsis (or my review) even remotely interesting.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to Netgalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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