Published by Merit Press on January 18th 2017
Every year, Lucy waits eagerly for the arrival of the “snowbirds,” the Old Order Amish who come trundling into Florida on buses from the north, bringing Lucy’s best friend Alice, with whom she’s spent every winter she can remember. This winter is different. At sixteen, Alice is in the middle of “Rumspringa,” a season in which Amish teens try out forbidden temptations, in order to get them out of their system. Lucy is part of a different sect, in which teens aren’t allowed such bold experimentation, and she’s fighting to keep up as Alice races from one wild party to the next. Then, one night after just such a party, Alice vanishes. Wracked by guilt, Lucy knows that she should have been watching out for Alice, but instead, she was kissing Faron, an Older Order boy shunned by his society. Now, Lucy plunges into a search for her best friend–while also hiding her own secret, which could put her in even more danger.
ABOUT CRISSA JEAN CHAPPELL:
CRISSA-JEAN CHAPPELL (crissajeanchappell.com) was born in Miami and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut young adult novel,Total Constant Order, is a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and a VOYA Perfect Ten. Chappell’s second novel, Narc, is currently optioned for film. More Than Good Enough is her most recent novel, which Kirkus calls “compelling and emotionally nuanced.” Chappell holds a PhD and MFA from the University of Miami. She has taught creative writing and cinema studies for more than ten years.
This is my first book by this author and with her captivating writing style, it won’t be my last. Chappell’s story takes on the Amish and their unique society. Lucy lives as a Mennonite, a less strict set of the Amish in Florida. When her friend Alice from Maine visits Lucy during her Rumspringa and explains she wants to run away with her boyfriend, the pair argue at a party. Alice turns up missing and Lucy is left wondering if it was somewhat her fault.
All this drama leaves Lucy on a quest to find Alice even though everyone else has given up. At least Lucy does manage to find a bit of romance with Faron, a boy who is also from her sect. He also helps her discover the truth about Alice’s disappearance. That ends up in a twist I did not see coming! Overall, this is a nice, clean read that has a bit of romance and some mystery.
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1 Finished Copy of SNOWBIRDS with Crissa’s notes & Doodles (US Only)