Purple Daze by Sherry Shahan came out yesterday. This phenomenal book is so entrancing that I read it in under 24 hours. There was so much to soak up from the time period to the characters, but it was such a fast read. The blurb really condenses it well.
Purple Daze is a young adult novel set in suburban Los Angeles in 1965. Six high school students share their experiences and feelings in interconnected free verse and traditional poems about war, feminism, riots, love, racism, rock 'n' roll, high school, and friendship.
Although there have been verse novels published recently, none explore the changing and volatile 1960's in America— a time when young people drove a cultural and political revolution. With themes like the costs and casualties of war, the consequences of sex, and the complex relationships between teens, their peers, and their parents, this story is still as relevant today as it was 45 years ago.
I've got lots of fun stuff coming up with this book so be sure to check back for more information. What are you waiting on this week?