Originally published at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements
This is the Twaronite's second novel and it skips ahead two years when John Boggle is 15. Not only does his age set him up so that is novel feels more YA, but the title alone seems to fit in well with YA themes.
The Good: This was QUITE a change from The Family that Wasn't yet Twaronite's humor and voice shined through on this novel as well. The dark nature of this novel immediately set itself apart from his first novel as the main character deals with some hefty issues. Retribution, sexual abuse, cruelty, hope and inspiration all come into play in this novel. John is facing some really tough decisions and I think Twaronite guides him seamlessly through the obstacles in this novel. I love that the novel is based partially on Dante's Inferno but that a lot of it is also the way John interprets and depicts Dante's Inferno that influences his own personal "hell." I think the tough situations and issues are handled wonderfully by Twaronite and I would highly recommend young adults read this book.
The Bad: Nothing too negative to say, there were a few dialogue passages that I felt were out of character and jolted me out of the reading but otherwise, the book was wonderful.
I give this one an A too!
**I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All the opinions are my own and I was not obligated to write a favorable review.