This is so good.
Since my stint at Teachers College and being a reading specialist working with upper elementary/middle school students, I love love love reading "young adult" literature. It's quick (I can usually get through a book in an afternoon), engaging (hey, it's written for 12 or 13 year-olds!), and I really love stumbling on something that my students will love to read as well.
Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my favorite young adult authors. She's gotten a ton of book awards for her books "Speak" and "Fever 1793" and I've used her books to teach reading because students love her as much as I do. So, imagine my excitement when I found her newest historical fiction novel at the SF Public Library last week!
I didn't get around to reading it until yesterday and I just finished it. And it's so good. Like, make you want to not have conversations with your husband because you're reading kind of good. Make you want to cry kind of good.
The big bummer is the end of the book. The story is unfinished; it stops right at the climax of the plot! I have to wait for the next volume to find out what happens to Isabel and Curzon. Which is just a big big bummer.