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The Blackberry Bush by David Housholder
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it was amazing

A genuinely unique entry in the Young Adult genre. Housholder seems to have paid close attention to the practical reality of "spiritual awakening" experiences, and crafted a journey that feels authentic in its portrayal of such things.
Perhaps his most successful creation is Kati, angst-ridden arty teenager, and one of the primary POV characters, who could very easily become a stereotype in the wrong hands (I've read this type of character far too many times). Housholder handles her inner monologue with a deft hand, however, making her feelings resonate with all of us created in the image of God. You don't have to be alienated and outcast to empathize with her.

The structure of the novel is intriguing as well, moving gracefully from time period to time period, and presenting a present-tense narration that calls up vivid, immediate images.

This novel does contain spiritual content, but the days of being afraid of such things should fall behind us. While heavy-handed nonsense has certainly been churned out ad nauseum in the past ten years or so (pretty up the covers all you want, a turd is a turd), the religious or spiritual experience remains one of the common existential themes for most people in the world today. It would be a shame to avoid or ignore this type of content due to a vocal minority's distaste.

For anybody whose heart has been dried out by dead religion, or who is tired of insipid narcissistic offal like "Eat Pray Love", The Blackberry Bush could restore your faith in the unseen, and inspire you to seek out the unseeable.

For its unique voice, bravery, and empathetic characterization, I highly recommend The Blackberry Bush by David Housholder.


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January 1, 2010 – Finished Reading
May 18, 2011 – Shelved

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