Boondocks by Casey Peeler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
*** 3.5 Cranky Stars ***
This is a coming of age love story, which is firmly aimed at teenagers.
The story centers around Chauna and Walker. She is the typical girl next door with a supportive and devoted family. He is the boy with a tough home life, criminal parents, and heading down a dangerous path.
Chauna’s father is part owner of the titular Boondocks. It’s a restaurant –bar and Chauna sings there every Friday night.
It’s at the Boondocks where Chauna and Walker meet, embarking on a relationship which changes the both of them.
This book touches on a number of important and realistic issues for teens: love, sex, losing a parent, and stable home lives, I did think the author missed the marked in certain situations. (Emotional, psychological, and at times, legal ramifications for certain characters). For example, the loss of a parent was glossed over and I thought further exploration could have really added an extra dimension to this work.
All in all, this is a solid read and I’ll be reading more from the author
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