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Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres

Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres

Julia and David were raised as virtual twins. Julia is white and David was black. I found the treatment of David (and their other adopted brother Jerome) horrifying. The parents were racist white saviors who enjoyed looking extra pious to their church community for raising these boys “as if” they were family. The author’s writing is very engaging and paints a terrible picture of a few terrible lives. The treatment of the boys and the religious abuse are very triggering. I recommend this book to adults who enjoy memoirs, but be aware of those triggers before reading.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 92
Pages Read in 2022: 32,754
Graphic Novels: 2

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Filed under Memoir, Reason: The Coven of Forbidden Books

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

This book is horrifying and disturbing and heartbreaking and so incredibly well written. I can’t say I enjoyed it exactly, but I am glad I read it. It’s one that’ll stay with me for a while. A couple things surprised me, but, unfortunately, the complete CPS failure (and the thought something like this could happen in real life) did not. It’s told with a variable timeline, kind of just random thoughts the main character had as she related the story. Given what you find out at the end I think that was an extremely effective choice. I highly recommend Monday’s Not Coming to anyone who enjoys young adult books.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 86
Pages Read in 2022: 30,658
Graphic Novels: 2

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Filed under Reason: Grim Readers, Reason: The Coven of Forbidden Books, Young Adult