December 2012

Remembering Raquel

Van Velde’s book of remembrance about a fictional teen gives multiple insights about youth psyche.

If you hear about a book that’s supposed to feature different points of view about high school children, neighbors, and family members of a recently deceased girl, you might roll your eyes. I was a bit skeptical myself. Even though I trust Vivian Vande Velde to give me a stellar story, this very plot idea reeked of a glorified ant-bullying PSA—until I read it.

See, I should have trusted Vande Velde!