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In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane
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Oct 02, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, net-galley, received-to-review, young-adult

You know a book has made an impact when you can't find the words to describe it.

This is a darker YA book. It deals with a young girl who saw the boy that she loves holding a dead body and chanting over it. She called 911 and he was arrested for the crime. She was never able to get over it, even after they moved away from the small town.

Two years later she comes back with her mother to clear her grandmother's home and get it ready to sell. Her grandmother had recently passed away. She was met with harsh treatment. People can be so mean! Many in the town think that she had something to do with the murder.

White Bird, the boy who was accused of the murder, has been in a catatonic state since the murder. Feeling guilty, she starts to question what she saw and tries to figure out how to help White Bird.

This book deals with many issues. One of them is prejudice. White Bird was part Native American and part Caucasian. He was never fully accepted in either culture. That's why he was an easy target, and law enforcement didn't search for further clues.

It also deals with abuse. Some of the kids in this story deal with alcohol abuse, drug abuse, mental abuse, and eventually murder. At point the kids gang up on Brenna, the main character and physically abuse her.

I really enjoyed this book. That may sound weird with the subject matter, but it is well written and an attention grabber. My only issues would be the underage drinking, profanity, and sexual innuendo.

This really is almost five stars for me.

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