Hi everyone, it’s Sarah.
It is time for this month’s Mock Printz selection. If you need a refresher on what the award recognizes you can find more info on the American Library Association’s website here. Briefly though, it is an award give to the best example of teen literature from the previous year.
This novel was beautiful, but it also comes with many trigger warnings. I want to be upfront that this book deals with difficult subjects in a real way. I hope that this book makes waves in the awards list this year.
I received this as an eAudio ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Author: Tiffany D. Jackson
Enchanted has always dreamed of becoming a professional singer. Her parents do not support this dream because of its impossibility. She is expected to do well in school, take care of her younger siblings, and attend community groups before even thinking about singing. When Enchanted tricks her mother into taking her to an audition for a reality singing competition, she catches the eye of adult singing genius Korey Fields. While she doesn’t move further on the reality show, Korey offers to take her under his wing. Enchanted and Korey strike up a texting relationship, without her parent’s knowledge. Korey invites Enchanted to come with him on tour to begin working on her career. Enchanted has seen sparks of Korey’s dark side, but once on tour and living with him, she is trap and isolated. Enchanted is still desperate for her career and she loves Korey (he loves her too, right?). However, the pain and monstrous actions are becoming too much.
This book shook me to my core. (While not part of the Printz criteria, the audio reader was a perfect pairing with this novel, she gave life to the lyrical words.) Jackson’s way with words was poetic within narrative form. The pain spills from the page, but also the strength that one can find in times of need. This novel gave life to many news stories that have occurred between fans and stars. It brings this toxic culture to light and shows how easily parents and children/teens can be harmed by these monstrous people. This book has rich layers that bring topics to the discussion table. It is a solid book that I can see being used in the classroom, (though to be honest probably the college classroom based on the topic. While it is important for older teens, I can see it being difficult to include this in a high school curriculum.)