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Sacred Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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'Sacred' is a beautiful young adult novel full of hope and romance. It follows Scarlett Wenderoth as she struggles to contain her grief after the death of her older brother. Scarlett's life has been roughly divided into Before Ronny Died and Since Ronny Died - and the parts that have been happening since his death have been really hard on her. Her parents are consumed with their own grief and trying to keep the family B&B running. Scarlett's only tether to life is her mare, Delilah, and her best friend Lily. Scarlett begins to lose weight at an alarming rate and her parents don't seem to even notice. She feels alone with her only outlet being Delilah. On one of their rides, she meets a mysterious guy named Will - who seems to ease Scarlett's grief and makes her feel safe. Scarlett and Will's relationship grows deeper and she finds herself feeling alive again - until Scarlett discovers that Will is hiding a secret that might bring everything they have to pieces.
This was a fantastic young adult novel that revolves around first love and romance, but also deals with some deep issues such as death, loss, grief, family, self discovery, and trust. The characters are unique and very realistic. I especially liked Scarlett - she was a great lead character with her flaws and obvious issues, but she also showed character growth and the ability to have courage and to move on with life after a devastating loss. Will's character was a perfect fit to go along with Scarlett. He's an interesting and mysterious guy a first, but definitely has layers of his own once we get to know him. The setting was perfect for the novel - the small island of Catalina off the coast of California provided the perfect sense of isolation yet community that the characters needed. The plot was so sad but also filled with hope and romance as we see Scarlett blossom into the young woman she was meant to be. The novel's writing was enchanting and I couldn't put the book down. I was immediately drawn into the lyrical prose and the vivid descriptions. The pace was well done and the plot flowed effortlessly. I'm excited that there will be a sequel released this fall - I can't wait to see what will happen to Scarlett and Will next. Highly recommended for fans of YA fantasy and contemporary fiction.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I found Scarlett's story compelling (it's no accident that her nickname is Scar), and Ms. Arnold's writing thoroughly enjoyable. Since I'm a novice to the genre, I didn't know what to expect, but what I found was a story that is satisfying on multiple levels. Certainly the elements are there for a teenage girl: horses (don't all teenage girls want a horse?), romance (Andy vs. Will), trouble at home (parents who are almost completely dysfunctional--or more accurately, nonfunctional), a BFF who is rich, charming, loyal, and a great dresser, and, for good measure, there's a touch of the paranormal. Mix this together with the usual angst of life as a high school student (something we can all relate to), and you've got a story that will appeal to most teenagers.
The surprise for me, the definitely non-YA reader, were the aspects of the story that address more mature themes: how does a family cope with the untimely death of a loved one; how does a parent or concerned adult counsel a child who is obviously on the verge of self-destruction; what responsibility do we have when we suspect our child might be the victim of a sexual assault; how do we discuss religion, theology, and cultural differences with our children? There are other adult topics I've left out, but this gives you an idea of what I'm talking about. I suspect that many YA readers will also zero in on these themes, and that's a good thing.
Regarding the writing itself: I found numerous passages that were on the par of what we expect from so-called mainstream fiction. I guess what I'm trying to say is, I began "Sacred" expecting it to be dumbed down for the YA reader; instead, it reads as confidently and lyrically as any novel I've read in the past year. Thank you Ms. Arnold!
Finally, regarding my original mission: sex and violence. There's some awkward teenage groping that never gets beyond the fumbling stage, and there are a couple of fights between some of the male characters. But these few scenes are brief and barely PG.
To summarize: I enjoyed "Sacred," despite my initial misgivings. And though I'm slightly embarrassed to admit it, I'll probably read Ms. Arnold's next book. But don't tell my friends.
By the way: my grand daughter just texted me that she has already finished reading the book, and she loved it.