- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Open Books (April 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692022538
- ISBN-13: 978-0692022535
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,869,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Character Development and Plot: In some ways, this story reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird. It has discrimination, a trial, and a young girl’s view of the events. However, it revolves around a different discrimination – transgender and transvestites. Truly is a fifteen year old girl on summer break in the South. She adores her aunt and seeks advice from her. At the beginning of the book, Truly has a crush on Eric, a college boy who works at the local library. Things turn upside down with a death of a local boy and then the murder of the track coach. Secrets come out not only in the community but also in Truly’s own family.
The book focuses on sexual orientation and discrimination within the South. Truly grows up during the summer. She must learn to stand up and go against the crowd. She forms her own opinions on what is considered right or wrong. She also learns about forgiveness. In today’s world where gay rights are on the news more often, this book focuses on how society is hard to change their views. It lightly brings in religion – specifically Baptists – as well as the law.
The book is written for young adults but adults might enjoy it, too.
Standalone or Part of a Series: Standalone
It's definitely not heavy literature, and if that's what you need, then go read one of the classics. But if you want to be entertained by believable characters from a small Southern city, read WITCH BALL.
This is Elliott's second book in less than six months, and I think that she's on a roll. In this story, Truly (Gertrude) Moore becomes involved in the life of a "tranny aunt" who is despised by a city full of Baptists who don't tolerate those who are not like themselves. "Who's yo mama and where do they go to church...?"
It's a story about creating your own life, living to fulfill it, and seeing the dangers of what can happen when witch hunts are standard behavior. It's about family dynamics and covering up harmful "secrets." As Elliott states, "WITCH BALL asks us to be careful who we deify, and who we villify."
A good, quick read with important lessons.
Witch Ball was a really great book to read because it had a few twist and turns in the story that I wasn't expecting. I love books that have eccentric characters in it, and Aunt Fleur was certainly that. Truly and Aunt Fleur were both extremely likeable characters who seemed both old souls and young and innocent at the same time. As I got into Truly's head, I didn't want to put the book down. Her relationship with Aunt Fleur was honest and pure and not determined by what others thought. I found myself wanting to read a book where Fleur and her experiences growing up, touched upon in her conversations with Truly, were the focal point.