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Virginia by Susan Hughes
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Sep 22, 10

bookshelves: teen-and-children

Ivy and Virginia have been friends and neighbors since they were kids. Although they have never been very close, Virginia confides in Ivy that she believes she has been visited by an angel who has asked her to carry God’s baby. Ivy understandably doubts this news and begins to question her friend’s sanity and the safety of Virginia’s home. Everyone in Virginia’s family is acting strangely and each member seems to be harboring a secret. Virginia’s mom is muttering to herself, her older brother Paul is holding secret religious meetings in the house next door and the older sisters are trying to keep Ivy away from Virginia. Although this all sounds like prime material for an excellent young adult book, the reality is Virginia is not excellent. The writing, particularly the dialogue, is slow and repetitive. There are references to crows throughout the entire book, but I was at a loss to find any literary meaning for all the bird talk. The plot does build slightly toward the end when Ivy discovers a threatening and dangerous plan by the zealous older brother Paul and convinces another brother Joe to join her in stopping him. There are definite Christian undertones to this book but I would not say it had a Christian message nor would I recommend it to teens looking for Christian fiction. There are other background issues (alcoholism, abuse) that may offend these types of readers. Overall Virginia is not worth a read but if you got a teen who wants a psychological mystery with religious undertones (because there are tons of YA readers like that?) then here is a book they may enjoy.
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