February 12, 2019

#BookReview: Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby @ladyneeko

Title: Hurricane Season
Author: Nicole Melleby
Genres: Middle Grade, Mental Health, LGBT
Pages: Hardcover, 288
Published: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Rating: 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Synopsis:  This debut novel—about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about growing up and coming out—will make its way straight into your heart.

Fig, a sixth grader, wants more than anything to see the world as her father does. The once-renowned pianist, who hasn’t composed a song in years and has unpredictable good and bad days, is something of a mystery to Fig. Though she’s a science and math nerd, she tries taking an art class just to be closer to him, to experience life the way an artist does. But then Fig’s dad shows up at school, disoriented and desperately searching for Fig. Not only has the class not brought Fig closer to understanding him, it has brought social services to their door.

Diving into books about Van Gogh to understand the madness of artists, calling on her best friend for advice, and turning to a new neighbor for support, Fig continues to try everything she can think of to understand her father, to save him from himself, and to find space in her life to discover who she is even as the walls are falling down around her.

Nicole Melleby’s Hurricane Season is a stunning novel about a girl struggling to be a kid as pressing adult concerns weigh on her. It’s also about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about coming of age and coming out. And more than anything else, it is a story of the healing power of love—and the limits of that power.




About the Author:  Nicole Melleby is a born-and-bred Jersey girl with a passion for storytelling. She studied creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and currently teaches creative writing and literature courses with a handful of local universities. When she’s not writing, she can be found browsing the shelves at her local comic shop or watching soap operas with a cup of tea.

My Review: Although this title deals with mental illness of a parent I also found it very light and very adorable with the romance and friendship.  It was a very very fast read that had a great pace.  This is one I could see in use for the classroom when talking about LGBT as well as mental illness and ways to get help.  The main character being in sixth grade I think worked out well. As well as her crush on a high school girl.  It just all worked so well and this will be one story we cherish for some time to come.

Take risks and never fear to fall in love!

I can not wait for my youngest to get just a little older before I share this amazing title with her.








“Fig’s story will engage middle grade readers who enjoy thoughtful novels that address complex topics. It may even inspire them to seek out the works of van Gogh.” School Library Journal, starred review
 
“A warm, vivid, and resonant story of the child that resides in every guardian, and the guardian in every child. An important debut.”
Eliot Schrefer, New York Times Bestselling author
 
Hurricane Season is unforgettable. It will reach into your heart and stay there long after.”
Donna Freitas, author of The Healer


 










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