Book Five: Surprise Lily

Suprise LilyI got this book as an ARC at the ALA National Conference and started reading it at lunch my first day.  First, the cover is GORGEOUS. I know, “Don’t judge a book… blah blah” I totally judge books and I grabbed this one.

The book follows multiple generations of women in a family, which can be hit or miss for me, but this was a hit.  I think the author did a great job of giving each storyline the right amount of time and interweaving them in a way that was compelling.  Even unlikeable characters were understandable, and it addressed mental health in a way that I haven’t seen a lot of books do – particularly the mental health of a character living in the past, at a time when the recognition and treatment of mental illnesses was severely limited.

I would recommend this for strong 6th grade readers and anyone 7th grade and up.  It would definitely be appreciated by students who enjoy realistic fiction with a focus on character development and character driven stories.