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Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor LaValle
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Aug 15, 2012

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Read from August 15 to 17, 2012

I found this story readable and compelling, but am still uncertain as to who the audience should be. The writing felt like it should be marketed to young adults (simple vocabulary and sentence structure, minimal figurative language, etc), but some of the content (mutilated crackheads) and language ("whore") did not seem appropriate for younger teens. The young protagonists are dealing with the monstrous in everyday life (terminal illness, urban decay, seeking a sense of belonging, etc). Lucretia is a brave and determined urban heroine who risks a horrifying urban underworld of mutilated crackheads to save her terminally ill best friend. The nightmare world that LaValle creates can be read as a sort of urban spiritual limbo, which would certainly resonate with a metropolitan audience. This is definitely an interesting read, especially for those who enjoy urban dystopian fantasy, and I am looking forward to reading his next offering The Devil in Silver.

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