Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Any Second by Kevin Emerson - NO

Any Second by Kevin Emerson, 392 pages.  Crown Books (Random House Children’s Books), 2018. $18

Language: R (137 swears, 60 “f”); Mature Content: R; Violence: R



Life was complicated before the day Maya (16yo) and Eli (15yo) were in the middle of a domestic terrorist attack, and now, nearly one year later, things have only gotten worse. No one understands what Maya and Eli had to go through, but everyone has an opinion on what happened and what they should be doing about it. With so many past and present influences telling them what to say, can Maya and Eli find their own voices?

These teens are both dealing with PTSD and trying to figure out what they want their lives to look like when everyone is telling them what they should be doing. Not every teen has to deal with the first issue, but I think we all have to figure out how to navigate the second one, especially with social media being a great influencer in today’s world. While I appreciate that message, I don’t recommend this book because reading it felt dark and hopeless and uncomfortable, and I didn’t like feeling that way. I wish there had been a greater understanding of hope; that bad things happen, but it will be okay. The mature content rating is for innuendo, sexual abuse, masturbation, partial nudity, pornography, and rape. The violence rating is for self-harm, drug abuse, underage drinking, and acts of terrorism.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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