Friday, March 30, 2018

This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell - OPTIONAL

Purcell, Kim This Is Not A Love Letter, 356 pages. Hyperion, 2018. $18. Language: R (100+ swears, 30 “f”); Mature Content: R; Violence: PG-13.

Jessie’s boyfriend, Chris, has gone missing after running late one night by the river. It is one week before graduation and Jessie and Chris were taking a break before making life-changing decisions. Chris had gone running before at that spot and been beaten badly by a group of boys angry about his race and his baseball scholarship that he earned. Jessie is worried that it happened again but this time with more deadly consequences. Everyone starts to look for Chris with more and more information coming to light on what happened. Jessie is writing letters to Chris to describe what is going on in the hunt for him.

I found this book hard to read because of the language and random tangents at times that took away from the story. It contained a lot of hard content that is tough to deal with from drinking, drug use, nudity, teen sex, racism, and mental illness which just seemed too much for one book all at once. The main character, Jesse, was also hard to connect with and the style was hard to stay connected with the book. It was a sad book that dealt with hard topics and made me tear up but only at the end. I would say the second half of the book was much easier and more engaging to read.

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