About The Book:
A modern tale of forbidden love … Eighteen-year-old Sarah McKnight has a secret. She’s in love with David Brooks. Sarah is white. David is black. But Sarah’s not the only one keeping secrets in the close-knit community of Kalispell, Montana. Her father George, who owns a local gun shop and proudly drives a truck with a Confederate flag bumper sticker, hides his own complicated past.
When he discovers Sarah’s relationship, George decides to share his feelings with Alex Mackey—a lonely classmate of Sarah’s whom he’s taken under his wing. Soon, Sarah and David will graduate from high school and leave Kalispell for a new life together. Maybe they can stop hiding their love — and the other secret they share … something George McKnight — and Alex Mackey — will never accept.
I don't review a whole lot of Young Adult novels - because, let's face it, I'm not a young adult anymore. But I was asked to review "Crumble" for the BookSparks Summer Reading Road Trip blog tour, and I was happy to do so.
However, after reading this incredibly well-written, highly poignant novel of two teens caught up in the angry world we live in today, I'm left with two thoughts - 1) this was a difficult novel to get through due to the subject matters - racism, abortion, prejudice, gun violence and family violence; and 2) this is a novel that makes me exceedingly glad that I'm not a teenager in today's world.
And I am also left with the distinct feeling that the author probably has never visited Alabama or really knows of the people who live there. Not everyone from the South is a bubba-redneck, belongs to the KKK, or has a Confederate flag bumper sticker on their trucks. I felt that she portrays one of the main characters this way, and thereby casts the impression of a perceived notion of mass identity, when in reality the majority of folks from the South are not that way at all, and I'm not angry but sad about that portion of the book. But that is my personal opinion and I feel I have to be honest about it here.
I don't know that I would recommend this book for anyone under the age of 18. But those 18 and up would probably understand and relate to the issues brought up in the story.
"Crumble" is a brave novel for author Fleur Philips to present to the world. Some will like it, some will not. It wasn't my cup of tea. As I said before, it is very well-written and I wish her the best of luck with it.
About The Author:
Fleur Philips is an award-winning author who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Montana.
Her first novel, I Am Lucky Bird, was selected as a General Fiction Finalist for the 2011 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews. Her current novel, Crumble, was named Young Adult Winner from the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival and was selected as a Young Adult Fiction Finalist by the 2013 International Book Awards.
She lives in Upland, California, and when she's not writing, she's cheering for her son in his athletic endeavors. Connect with Fleur at www.fleurphilips.com.
My thanks to BookSparks PR for including me on this tour and for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.