The next stop on the Kelly and Mitchell downward spiral of the most depressing reads ever is Sugar. ALL ABOARD!
If having a morbidly obese teenage MC didn’t already clue you in to the fact that this book wasn’t going to be all sunshine and daisies – add in a bedridden (but still abusive) mother, a lazy asshole of a brother, a father who went MIA umpteen some years ago, a house close to falling down around her, and a compulsive eating addiction so intense I wanted to stage an intervention for a fictional character . . .
Poor Sugar. Man was she dealt a shitty hand in life. At 17-years old she sees her future in the shape of her mother – a woman who has become so enormous she can’t get out of bed. Never in my life have I wished for a moment like this . . .
But sadly, Sugar’s story was not a happy one so I knew that probably wasn’t going to happen. In fact, Sugar’s only reprieve from her miserable existence is via needle and thread – sewing beautiful creations that she only dreams of wearing. When Even (yep, Even – don’t even [see what I did there?] get me started on YA names) moves to town, he offers Sugar something she’s never had before. Friendship . . . .
Sugar is one of those books that makes me glad I have never thrown in the towel on Young Adult novels. This is realistic YA. There is no instalove. There is no dystopia or fight to the finish type of battle. There’s just some amazing writing . . .
“Birds call craw, craw, urging me to go in deeper, to shut out the noise in my head, the whisper telling me that I’m hungry, starving, that I need to be full.”
and a heartbreaking life story . . .
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.