As a part of my Writer Recharge goals, I threw in a book in a genre I don't typically read. While technically I guess Vivian Apple is post apocalyptic, it felt contemporary, so there you go. This is one of my favorite books I've read so far this year (and yes, I did read This I Stay for the first time just a few weeks ago).
Here's a summary (from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple never believed in the evangelical Church of America, unlike her recently devout parents. But when Vivian returns home the night after the supposed "Rapture," all that’s left of her parents are two holes in the roof. Suddenly, she doesn't know who or what to believe. With her best friend Harp and a mysterious ally, Peter, Vivian embarks on a desperate cross-country roadtrip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. Because at the end of the world, Vivan Apple isn't looking for a savior. She's looking for the truth.
Why I read it: I have my own storied history with religion (include some dark places that have left me a little wary and a lot jaded), and as a result, I like stories that take a serious look at what religions can be capable of. I also really loved the cover and title of this book.
ZOMG Yes! I love Vivian Apple. Talk about character growth. From her first choice to the distinct change in her very last at the end of the book, Vivian has decided that she's the hero of her own story, and I can get behind that. This book also goes into the depths of friendship of two unlikely people. It's so raw and honest that I couldn't help but loving them both.
As you read in the description, Vivian's parents were sucked into this religion, and she was not interested. I'm a sucker for parent-children dynamics in YA (even if the parents aren't there for the story itself). I have mommy issues (there, I said it), so I like seeing how this is examined with teenagers, because that's when mine started. Vivian Apple did not disappoint.
I also have a soft spot for YA's with unapologetic cursing. I really, really love a well-placed curse word, and Katie Coyle nailed it here.
kthxbai This was a fabulous story that left little to be desired, if anything. I'm excited to see where she goes with Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle.
Five Chiweenies to Katie Coyle!