The book is quite simply a delicious read. It's full of wacky characters (aka a beautician mechanic) and enough ice cream to inspire you to grab a bowl yourself (which I did. Two times.)
Felicity's joys and aches soon became mine because her experiences have once been mine--and in some instances still are, even as an adult. I found myself reading the book with pen in hand and underlining sentences as they bore witness to the very whispers in my heart. I know your happiness and pain, Felicity!
Released in February, this young adult novel caught the attention of the New York Times. That, my friends, is a big honkin' deal.
The book drives home this point: your words are more important than you know.
|At Natalie's book release party in Oneida, Tenn. this spring|
Natalie and I met 16 years ago in Colorado Springs when we were high school students. She was the winner of a writing contest where two other gals and I were runners up. The organization flew us all to Colorado for a weekend of photo shoots and girl fun. I returned home to Brooklyn, NY, and she to Oneida, TN, and we promised to stay in touch, which we did.
When I moved to Knoxville 11 years ago, Natalie and her family helped me find an apartment. They became my family since I had none in East Tennessee.
'Snicker' is her first novel. Pick up a copy for your children. Heck, pick it up for yourself. It's quite a ride.