Author: J.M Reep
Release: March 22, 2009
Edition/ Number of Pages: Paperback, 229
Contains: Coming-of-age, Drama, Relationships.
Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):
Wow Factor: 7
Leah Nells is a fourteen-year-old girl who doesn’t quite know how to deal with the social aspect of the world. Throughout most of her life, she has been quiet and introverted. She doesn’t have any friends and spends most of her time reading books. Leah’s parents try–without any success–to get her to meet society’s standards, but even casually talking to people is not as easy for Leah.
At the beginning of the book, Leah is entering high school. Of course, this brings a lot of anxiety on her because she encounters other teenagers who don’t understand the way she is. And then comes David Parks, who is a boy from Leah’s history class that she becomes infatuated with. Leah is tongue-tied around him, but gosh how she likes him. Will Leah find the courage to be the person she wants to be? And just who is that person?
This is one of those under-the-radar books that is purely awesome. It was first published in 1996, but a new, revised copy was released in March. The book was a pleasure to read. I loved Leah, the main character, a lot. Whenever she felt bad about her introversion it made me sad. This is probably because I can connect with the person Leah is. For one, I love to read books like she does. Also, although I’m not as extremely introverted as she is, I still am somewhat. I know what Leah felt: like she wasn’t good enough for the world; like no one understood her. As for the characters, they were very credible. From Leah, to Leah’s parents, to David, and the others. The shy-girl interpretation of Leah was fulfilled correctly by Reep. I will say that this book does not reach a high climax, and that it’s main plot is not that intense, but it is still a great read. Above everything, the thing I loved the most was the ending. It was just impacting and made me lie in bed, thinking about what this book is truly all about: accepting yourself. Of course, you won’t know the ending unless you read it!