December 08, 2020

#BookReview: The Voice in My Head by Dana L. Davis

Synopsis: From the author of Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now comes an unforgettable novel about facing the impossible, dealing with family chaos—and making sense of everything you are. 

For Indigo Phillips, life has always been her and her identical twin—Violet. The perfectly dressed, gentle, popular sister. But now Violet is terminally ill and, in a few hours, plans to die on her own terms via medically assisted suicide. Even though she and Violet have drifted apart lately, Indigo doesn’t know how to face life without the only person who really understands her. Until suddenly she hears a mysterious voice claiming to be God, insisting that if she takes Violet to a remote rock formation in the Arizona desert, her sister will live.

Indigo is sure she’s losing it. But Violet agrees to go—if their incredibly dysfunctional family accompanies them on their trek from Seattle to Arizona. Indigo can barely be in the same zip code as her distant mother and controlling big sister, much less keep the peace on a road trip. Speaking her mind is the only way she can deal. But between facing senseless mishaps and strange lodgings, and meeting even stranger folks along the way, Indigo will learn shocking things about those she thought she knew too well. When a sequence of wrenching secrets detonates, Indigo must figure out how to come to terms with her sister, her family…and the voice in her head.


Rating: ⭐⭐
My Review: This book deals with assisted death.  I felt what this book was trying to do but sadly the execution of it just didn't work.  It failed in the aspect of reality and although it wasn't preachy it was a little much to take on faith. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Davis's second YA novel set in Seattle follows 18-year-old black twins Indigo and Violet and their chaotic family on an unlikely road trip. While attempting suicide, Indigo hears a voice say that her terminally ill twin Violet will live if she hikes the Wave, a 2.5-mile scenic rock formation in the Arizona desert. Unsure whether the voice is God or a symptom of a concussion, Indigo bravely pleads with her family before plans for Violet's medically assisted death unfold. Thanks to a resourceful pastor, Jedidiah, everything falls in place allowing the family to set off in a rainbow-colored paratransport bus covered in eyeballs. Jedediah, the twins, their retired parents, 16-year-old brother Alfred, and 33-year-old sister Michelle, as well as Michelle's husband and biracial children, are a motley group of passengers, seeking healing for Violet's pulmonary fibrosis. From kidney stones to an attempted robbery with a paintball gun, there is never a dull moment for the Phillips family. Indigo's perspective on herself and her family changes along the way, giving her acceptance and hope. The writing is refreshing and the characters relatable. Though the novel tackles the heavy subject matter of terminal illness, mental health, and death, lighthearted, comical scenes make for a heartfelt, entertaining read. VERDICT Readers of realistic fiction will enjoy the sibling banter, unique characters, and authentic dialogue.-Laura Jones, Argos Community Schools, INĪ±(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"A moving tale of faith and sisterly love. Booktalk this with friends and family!" --Tiffany D. Jackson, author of Allegedly and Monday's Not Coming

"Fun, catharsis, a bit of endearing strangeness amidst heartfelt familial drama. It's everything you want out of a road trip novel." -Adi Alsaid, author of Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak

"An endearing and compelling coming-of-age story. Dana L. Davis captures the messy, complicated love of family in a road trip novel that redefines what it means to truly live." -Nancy Richardson Fischer, author of When Elephants Fly

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