Ever read something that makes you tear up? I did—just now! A wonderful review of my Young Adult novel Until I’m Safe. This is the review done by Janelle Fila for Readers’ Favorite at
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers’ Favorite
Until I’m Safe by Jane Grace is a young adult story about a girl who finds herself lost in Hurricane Katrina. The story starts with Marguerite Aucoin at home in a volatile situation. Her father and mother are fighting and her father hasn’t been quite right in the head lately. When he pulls out a gun and threatens Marguerite, she does the only thing she can think of. She runs. But outside is Hurricane Katrina. Marguerite doesn’t know where to run to. She’s lost her hearing aids and is virtually deaf. When a stranger named Amand rescues her, Marguerite is grateful but also wary. She deceives Amand and lets him believe that she is Toots Gentry, the name of the fictional character that Marguerite writes about. But as Amand starts to fall in love with Marguerite, he begins to unravel some of the story that she is telling, threatening to separate the truth from the fiction.
This is a sweet, romantic story about a girl struggling to be brave. Marguerite wants to be everything that Toots is, so it should be no surprise to readers that she takes on Toots’ identity. I think readers will appreciate the setting of this story and the fact that it gives life to Hurricane Katrina. It is also refreshing to have a main character with a hearing disability, but not have the story be all about hearing loss. Very nicely delegated.