Age of Readership:
14 years and up
LGBTQ, Southern culture, Small-town culture
There were no actual illustrations, but the book was specifically designed. Each day is separated with a scene of a field and dilapidated shack. The beginning of each chapter had a design of branches, tying it to the cover.
There is a reason this genre is the last genre I read for this class. I do not like mysteries. This wasn't really any different. It had all the qualities of mysteries I dislike, alluded to plot pieces falling into place for the main character but not explained, slow creepy situations, misdirection. Blah blah blah. It seemed like a lot of stereotypes were used, including the idea that drug use will make you insane simply because you are taking drugs. I can't say I liked this book.
Curricular and programming connections:
Programs about the South would benefit from this book. There is a lot of drug use, and small town politics as well. Programs with those themes could use this book.