15 July 2010
Review of Chasing Lilacs
It is the summer of 1958, and life in the small Texas community of Graham Camp should be simple and carefree. But not for twelve-year-old Sammie Tucker. Sammie has plenty of questions about her mother's "nerve" problems. About shock treatments. About whether her mother loves her.
When her mother commits suicide and a not-so-favorite aunt arrives, Sammie has to choose who to trust with her deepest fears: Her best friend who has an opinion about everything, the mysterious kid from California whose own troubles plague him, or her round-faced neighbor with gentle advice and strong shoulders to cry on. Then there's the elderly widower who seems nice but has his own dark past.
Trusting is one thing, but accepting the truth may be the hardest thing Sammie has ever done.
This is an interesting story as it is told by the 12 year old Sammie Tucker. This book is set back in the 1950's where shock treatment was the answer to alot of mental illness issues. When Sammie's mom is away to have shock treatment I thought of my own mum if not for my Aunt my mum could have had this treatment when she didn't need it. But back in this era this was the big fix for all nerve issues. I felt for Sammie as a 12 year old she has a lot to deal with. Her mother is suffering and she blames herself for many of the issues which is alot for a young girl. This is a good story and I loved how it was written from Sammie's perspective. Great read.