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Readers find out what becomes of Sam in the soul of Willow. Willow more than fulfilled my fantasies of what Sam could have/should have been. This is a wonderful YA book for children dealing with gender identity issues in middle and high school and for the adults and siblings who love them.
Don't be afraid of the issues, face them head on and talk about them. This is a book that will inspire much discussion. The author even provides open ended discussion questions to get readers to really think about how they would act if given the same experience. I wonder if I'd be a Willow or Willow's Mom or a Ryan or Ryan's parents? I'd like to think I'd do the right thing, think of what's inside a person more than what's outside and make the world a better place through understanding and acceptance.
God does not make junk; thus we know that Sam, Ryan, Willow, Morgan, and all the characters of this well fleshed out, provocative story are not junk. Bravo for this read that must be shared. Some of my favorite books are YA books because it is between these pages that we can really feel and hear the urgency, insecurity, and intensity of the youthful years we can no longer live.
Sam throughout the whole first part of the book the author never comes right out and say that Sam is a transgender male. The author hits heavily on the family unit and what it is like to be a sibling of a transgender. The author uses the word "Freak" to define what people thought about Sam. The author doesn't come right out and say Sam was a male until almost the end of the story. Unfortunately, Sam's family knew she was different and over the years her sisters Morgan had grown to try to understand Sam. Sam did not hide that she was different, she wears outrageously bright clothes and made everyone notice her. Sam's mother couldn't handle or admit out loud that Sam was who she was until it was too late.
Erin Lee tells Sam's story from a reincarnation point of view. The pain Sam feels up in the clouds waiting to be reborn. Then Sam's rebirth as a girl named Willow and how she helps her friend Ryan to come out of the closet about being gay. Willow's mother called her an old soul because of her understanding of life.
This book is a fantastic read for teens who have problems with bullying and identity crisis. Suicide is high in teens with these issues.
Erin Lee has outdid herself with the stories of Sam and Willow!!! This one soul is one of the brightest that I have had the pleasure of reading about in a really long time. Erin Lee tells this story in 2 parts and it is really cool how she shares the story of this amazing soul!!! This story is jam-packed with so much emotion. It really leaves the reader with a fresh outlook on people who you may consider different or "freaks." This is such a beautiful story and I really think that it should be read and shared with everyone!!!
I highly recommend this book and hope that readers take the time to really soak in the message of love and acceptance that Erin Lee is sharing with us. This truly is one the best reads of 2017 for me!!!
Freak is based on Erin Lee’s novella, ‘Her Name Was Sam’ but I’m telling it can be read standalone as I haven’t read novella and I didn’t feel anywhere that I’m missing something that might have mentioned in first book.
Wow! Wow! Wow! Have I said this word for enough time? No, it’s simply beautiful that I want to keep saying this. And in the beginning only I’m telling that everyone should read this book.
Author’s note in the beginning gave pretty good idea about book and why author has written it. There is warning by author saying it’s not for teens who are not prepared to handle heavy topics like suicide, bullies, and crime or should read under guidance of adults.
The book is mainly about LGBTQ teens. Their struggle with gender identity or as gay, bisexual or asexual; their fight against bullies and for acceptance in the world and even by family that doesn’t understand ‘different’ word; their feeling of loneliness and unsupported speaks the volume which leads to suicidal tendencies.
In just 2 chapters this book became my favorite. I just loved writing of Erin Lee. It was so smooth, emotional and so addictive that I will read anything by this author. Story basically was divided in 2 parts. So, I will review it accordingly.
Characters- Amazing! I have said in detail how characters were like and what I loved most about them in both parts. But superficially, all characters were with flaws even my favorite Sam. In both parts there were characters who should have taken actions earlier and could have prevent the damage. No one was perfect and still were likable. I could see author has given whole lot of time to these characters. Among both the parts Sam was my ultimate favorite character. Development of characters was really good the way they handle themselves after all that happened, the steps they took was good.
It’s narrated by 3 different perspective of 3 main characters, Sam who committed suicide, Kelly- Sam’s mother, and Morgan- Sam’s sister. The center of topic was Sam and Kelly and Morgan’s life after Sam’s suicide. Best view I loved to read was Sam’s narrating her part sitting above the cloud watching over her family. That was something new and different, just like her character in this book. At the end of all chapters Sam’s smart thoughts created perfect ending for all chapters.
Sam was a character who voiced my thought regarding bullies, hypocrites and people who doesn’t want to accept anything different in this world. It’s hard not to love this strong, colorful character that I would suggest everyone to be strong like her, but yes she had weak side too and so she committed suicide that I wished I could change.
Morgan and Kelly’s thoughts were written in two way, before and after Sam’s death as their memories about Sam and what they felt after Sam’s death. That was just incredible. The best I loved was, the way of they told ‘Who was Sam’ in first few chapters.
Morgan’s thought were both complex and touching. She didn’t like what she had to go through being sister of Sam but she loved her unconditionally and also regretted that somehow she could change everything. She had a very strong voice in this book that showed powerful bonding between siblings that didn’t even flicker after what she has to face at school before and after death of Sam.
Kelly was a complex character. At first I didn’t understand why she blamed herself she looked less supportive but okay mother. And then came a turning point! It was a surprise that I didn’t see coming. I understood everything better after that. Brilliant it was!
And did I mention the suicide note by Sam and her rewritten suicide note in mind sitting over the clouds? Damn incredible! Her love for Morgan and Kelly was heartfelt.
This was poignant story.
It was alternate narration of another 3 main characters- Ryan who was struggling with the fact of being gay and bullied by students, Willow, Ryan’s best friend, and Sarah, Willow’s mother. I won’t say much in this story because Sam’s story taken my heart and soul.
Ryan was weak character totally opposite of Sam. Being a gay he was struggling in coming out as who he was in from of his parents and in school and was continuously was bullied by students at school. His thoughts really scared me at some point.
His only friend Willow supported him unconditionally and to the extent that no one can do and be like her. She was mind-blowing. I loved her for that. And even after that Ryan’s doubt for her was the thing I didn’t like in the book.
Sarah.. I so loved her. She was coolest mother in whole book. She cared about not only her daughter but also Ryan. Steps she took for him and the way she understood Ryan and relationship between Ryan and Willow just won special place in my heart.
There was a turn of events in this part too and I liked it. Let’s just say it was sad but less sad than the first part.
Things that were common in Part 1 and 2 that I liked was–
Each chapters started with different colors as a title and lines following that color with thoughts of characters. That was best and most beautiful thing in this book. It was hard not to like chapters after such a gorgeous beginning. I quickly turned pages because of short chapters and intriguing topic. Both parts have a connection and I won’t say what that was. Just read it.
Have I mentioned there was surprise even after the book ends? This book actually ended at 80%. I thought there might be epilogue or excerpt of next book by author. Nothing like that. There was real-life story of Ryan, awareness on gays, who are they and guidance for them how they can come out strong; resources and helplines for them; even there was message for parents. Oh, and discussion questions for readers. It gave me something to think over about book after reading. This was perfect end of the book.
Overall, awesome book with lot of lessons to learn through deep intense thoughts of characters. There is something to learn for everyone. So, just read it and I’m sure you won’t regret it.
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