There are times when I could be convinced to only read from the Young Adult section. Honestly, there are so many great books in that area which can also be quite enjoyable for adults.
In Zanesville, by Jo Ann Beard and published by the Hatchette Book Group, is one of those books.
This is a coming of age story about a girl entering the teen years and how she has to find balance in her life. She is a late bloomer and as you work your way through the pages of this novel, you’ll see her most profound challenges come in the area of relationships. Beyond redefining her relationship with family members, she is also finding the relationship with her best friend changing as boys and other girls in their high school enter the equation.
Ms. Beard does a wonderful job of merging the 1970’s setting with a feeling that these issues could be happening right now to another adolescent girl. While many of the issues addressed are not ones that I personally had happen during my teen years, I can say that friends and fellow students wrestled with some of the same ones during the 1980s.
As a heads up, there’s definitely some talk of sexual acts. And, honestly the first chapter has a child abuse situation that had me remembering a very poignant episode of Good Times. Whether inclusion of those issues are acceptable when selecting a title for you teen to read is up to you.
You can purchase In Zanesville in either hardback ($23.99US/$26.99CAN) or ebook format (10.99).
Disclaimer ~ I received an advance copy reader of In Zanesville in exchange for this honest review. No other compensation was provided and the opinions expressed are my own.