The moment I read the synopsis, I was hooked; I had to read this book. I love books that make you stop and ask a question. Melissa Walker has told Lacey Anne's story in such a way, that it's not condescending or judgmental but it makes you think. I thought the story started off a little slow, but the minute they started planning Hell House, I couldn't put the book down. The church is adding new "sins" to Hell House, some of which are very relevant to what is going on right now.
Lacey Ann comes from a very religious town; she is the only child and has always been "the good girl". Very predictable. Then Ty comes to town, Ty notices Lacey Ann and wants to hang out, but Lacey's parents have very strong feelings about Ty and they will not explain them to her. She doesn't understand her parents anti-Ty views, so she starts sneaking out, lying just to spend time with Ty. The relationship between Lacey and Ty is very innocent, it's being able to talk to Ty openly that Lacey enjoys.
Hell House plays a side character to the story. The scenes, the story lines and events leading up to Hell House are the catalyst to the questions Ty asks Lacey. It's his questions, those events and her parents reactions that make her start to rethink everything she has been taught.
Fantastic read! I can't say everyone is going to enjoy it, I am sure there will be people who disagree with questioning your faith and lying to your parents, but if you believe that's just a part of growing up, you will enjoy this book. I know for me, my adolescent views differ greatly from my adult views. I was shocked to learn there are places that host Hell Houses - I really want to go to one now and see for myself what they are all about.