Happy Monday! This week I’m starting you off with a young adult book. It’s a pretty typical teen book with the one exception of one of the characters being a wanna be witch. She uses this fact to bully another student. Though much of is this unrelatable through the witch part I think everyone knew or knows a teen like Bianca, the Wicha’be. For my full review keep reading after the book blurb. I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!
New to the small community of Redbend, Molly Sanders is delighted when she and Lenni Flemming become instant friends during the final weeks of her first Oklahoma summer. However, Bianca Ravenwood, Lenni’s best friend and self-proclaimed witch in training, is less than thrilled. In fact, she’s cursing mad, vowing to destroy Molly while honing her craft in the halls of Redbend High School.
Molly’s new school becomes a waking nightmare as Bianca, beautiful wannabe witch, targets her in a jealous rage. Plagued by terrifying, inexplicable occurrences and an embarrassing case of panic-induced hiccups, Molly is unable to escape Bianca’s snare.
But if Bianca refuses to back down and Molly refuses to stand up, not only will Molly lose the best friend she’s ever had…she may also lose her sanity.
Bianca is a wannabe witch or a witcha’be. When Molly finds this out she becomes terrified of Bianca. Her best friend Lenni is also best friends with Bianca. This poses a problem when Molly realizes Bianca hates her and has it out for her. Molly soon becomes convinced that Bianca is casting spells against her. Lenni tries to get Molly and Bianca to be friends but after a horrible experience at a concert, Molly is convinced there is no hope. That is until the church Molly has started going to convinces her other wise. Molly comes to understand Bianca a lot better when she learns to focus not on the outside of a person but the inside. Soon things change and Molly and Bianca come to understand each other. But, can the hurts that were caused be forgiven or will the change only be temporary.
I thought this was an interesting young adult book. It had a bit of a slow start-up but when the dream journal project comes into play things really catch fire. The magic and witch part of the book is quite interesting. I think a lot of teens with challenges in their life can relate to Bianca and relate to the reasons Bianca does what she does. On the flip side of things, Molly can also be relatable. With her being bullied, sadly, more kids will be able to relate to this. But, what makes this unique is the way the bullying is pulled off. In the end we get all the answers regarding Bianca’s witchiness, but until then it is very believable. I have to say I really liked the lessons learned and how deftly the use of bible verses were added into the book. Overall, I think this was a unique young adult novel that had some added depth that wasn’t expected. This is definitely a good one for teens to read.
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