The Right & the Real

Joëlle Anthony. Putnam, $17.99 (228p) ISBN 978-0-399-25525-0
Seventeen-year-old Jamie’s principled but spontaneous refusal to join a cultish church her father is marrying into catapults her carefully prescribed life into upheaval, as she is shunned by church and family. Anthony (Restoring Harmony) creates a heroine whose combined sophistication and naïveté result in a determination to hide her sudden abandonment (and consequent homelessness) from her friends and caring adults, in order to avoid involving the law, which she fears might reunite her with her drug-addicted mother. Priorities shift dramatically as Jamie confronts her need to turn down the lead in the spring musical for a paying job, while the stress of duplicitous living eventually takes its toll on her relationships. The complex supporting cast includes Jamie’s vulnerable father; her boyfriend, Josh, a conflicted church member; the creepy Teacher, who demands his followers call him Jesus; and LeVon, a ­parolee who takes Jamie under his wing when she moves into a divey motel. Fast pacing and a strong first-person narrative voice combine to make this coming-of-age story a harrowing page-turner. Ages 12–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/05/2012
Release date: 04/26/2012
Show other formats
FORMATS
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.