Thursday, June 23, 2011
Book Review: Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
I found myself understanding almost every character in the book at some point in my reading. I identified with Chase because I always felt like it was my responsibility to worry and care and take care of the members of my family. It was my duty to keep them all together. I worked hard at that for many years. I associated with Noah, the older brother, because I always wanted to run away. I always wanted to leave. It was easier to leave and forget than to stay and deal. I even associated with young Gideon and completely understood how he felt to not be able to be understood even though he was always being heard. I especially related to Melinda in a big way. Being a rape survivor and acting out sexually in very unhealthy ways is not uncommon. Each month for several years I was thankful I didn't get pregnant and when I was older I was even more thankful that I had never picked up any STD's. I kept thinking if people made love to me then it would void the rape somehow. I equated consensual sex with making love. It took me a long time to understand how those things were different. I hope that Melinda figures that out sooner than I did.
This book made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me even blush. It made me cry a whole lot more. I loved this book and glad that it is part of my collection. Thank you Hannah for opening your heart and pouring out those words for us so delightfully, so lovingly and so honestly raw.
Currently reading: Switched by Amanda Hocking