It didn't take long in reading this book for me to get major Hope Floats flashbacks. I kept thinking, "haven't I seen this somewhere before?" Woman'sIt didn't take long in reading this book for me to get major Hope Floats flashbacks. I kept thinking, "haven't I seen this somewhere before?" Woman's marriage fails, she moves offspring from the bustling city back to the rural home of her childhood, meets man from past and falls in love...and then all is well in the world.
You may have noticed that in the tags below that I labeled this book “realistic”. How can a book about the Horsemen of the Apocalypse possibly be realYou may have noticed that in the tags below that I labeled this book “realistic”. How can a book about the Horsemen of the Apocalypse possibly be realistic, you might ask. Under the layer of the fantastical, lies the tragic story of a girl with an eating disorder. This is a stark look at how unrealistic the demands on today’s teens are. They are bombarded by glamor magazines, reality shows and stick-insect celebrities. Combine that with the harshness that is adolescence and it’s no wonder eating disorders are rampant.
Hunger follows the story of Lisabeth Lewis, who one night while attempting to commit suicide meets Death and is offered the position as Famine. Unwittingly taking the job, Lisabeth is thrown into a journey that takes her from rock bottom to back in control, as she finds herself and her true power.
I have long avoided general contemporary fiction because I've never really met one I liked—save perhaps Helen Fiel( Originally posted on RAO Reviews )
I have long avoided general contemporary fiction because I've never really met one I liked—save perhaps Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones' Diary. I tried again last year to broaden my reading palate with Julia Leigh's Disquiet, only to yet again be thoroughly disappointed and slip back into my comfortable world of historical dramas and fantasy/sci-fi.
When I was offered the chance to read and review Backseat Saints, I thought to myself "Why not? Maybe I'll even be surprised". And I was very much surprised.A book has not kept me quite on the edge of my seat as Backseat Saints, not for a good while. I found myself nervously gnawing my finger nails and gasping out loud to the twists and turns our heroine Rose Mae goes through. Joshilyn creates a rich world with complex characters and arduous emotions that leave the reader short-winded and pulseless, but in such a good way.
As a deep south girl myself (Alabama, baby!), I'm always displeased with how we are portrayed in entertainment mediums. However, Joshilyn had just the right amount of southerness without making everyone seem like an ignorant redneck. The dialect was spot on, and I found myself smiling when Rose Mae remembered how her father says "wind-er" instead of "window". That's just how my father says it as well.
Backseat Saints has a bit of an interwoven storyline with Jackson's debut novel, Gods in Alabama, but I do not think they have to be read together. Nevertheless, I'm sure like me, after you've read this one you will definitely be itching to pick up Gods in Alabama. I'm insanely curious to read Arleen's side of her encounter with Rose Mae. Already, I've been recommending this book to my sisters so yes, do go read it. It's wonderful! Backseat Saints is my first introduction to Joshilyn Jackson, but it certainly will not be my last.
A word of caution though, if your life has in any way been touched by domestic abuse, I do not suggest that you read this book. The scenes it describe are exceptionally vivid and would be insanely painful to read if you have actually lived through something similar.