Sometimes a book comes across your path that challenges you in a way you never saw coming. Such was the case with the young adult novel Sweet Sorrow by Tricia Drammeh. Let me explain what I mean in my latest book review.
The main character is a teenage girl named Rowan who loves to act and gets the role as Juliet in her high school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. When Eddie, the ex-football player she is crushing on, gets the part of Romeo, she tries to keep her cool, only it’s not so easy to do, especially with the dark secret she has in her past. She also has many questions about Eddie, who seems so mysterious and might have a troubled past. Don’t worry; I won’t spill the secrets, just in case you want to read Sweet Sorrow soon.
And I do hope you’ll read the book, I really do. As I explained earlier, it challenged me. When I realized why Rowan was so closed off from having a new boyfriend, whether it be Eddie or anyone else, after she broke up with Mark, the book really hit home.
I won’t give away the reason why Rowan is keeping to herself about her breakup with Mark, as I don’t like being a spoiler of book secrets, but I will say that sometimes relationships can go down very destructive paths. I admit to having some bad flashbacks when I read this book because of an unhealthy romantic relationship I had. I’m not saying that to scare anyone out of the book but instead to say that it was a read that I had to pace myself through and it might be the same way for you too, depending on your experiences.
And it was worth the effort as Tricia Drammeh is a writer capable of creating characters that seem to be very much alive and real. If she weren’t such a good writer, then I wouldn’t have been emotionally moved by Sweet Sorrow. It’s that simple.
So, tell me, do you read young adult literature?