Publisher: Seal Books
Source: Personal Copy
On the brink of adulthood trapped in high school, Garnet is waiting for his life to begin. Garnet is uncertain if he should finish school or drop out. His father supports his goals, his mother does not. Determined to be a furniture carpenter, he sees no use in continuing school. School is no longer a priority for him, and he begins to casually attend classes. Garnet feels awkward and uncomfortable among his peers, often shunned by the opposite sex and detests the idea of love at first site. That is until a new girl named Raphaella transfers to his school. Confident and beautiful, Garnet cannot stop thinking about her. Raphaella does not seem interested in befriending Garnet, until he offers to help her out with the local play. Together they stumble upon a hundred and fifty year old murder centered around an old, abandoned African Methodist church nearby. Haunted by a Haitian woman, Garnet and Raphaella are horrified to uncover her tragic past. Afraid to be shunned and not believed, they keep this secret to themselves and they begin to bond.
My first William Bell Ya novel was "The Blue Helmet." William Bell is a Canadian Young Adult writer. As soon as I finished it, I was in search for my next William Bell book. Bell's writing is vivid, the plot builds steadily and each story is original. I do admit, I thought "The Blue Helmet" was more enjoyable. This book will appeal to many types of readers. If you're looking for a fast, enjoyable read this would be a good choice. I do know, this will not be my last Bell novel. Quick, enjoyable, coming of age reads.