Posted in Young Adult Lit

The Walls Around Us, by Nova Ren Suma

18044277The Walls Around Us
Nova Ren Suma
2015 by Algonquin Young Readers
ISBN – 9781616203726
Genre – Mystery
Age – High School
4 Stars

Violet is a dancer, on her way to Julliard to follow her dreams, but she has a dark past. Her best friend Orianna was sent to a juvenile facility when she got in between Violet and her bullies. What happened next is something that Violet will have to live with for the rest of her life.

It is hard to say too much about this book without giving the mystery away, and the mystery is the best part. This book is like an onion, you just get to peel one layer away at a time. It is written from the perspectives of Violet, and Amber, who knew Orianna from the juvenile facility. Each girl has their own thoughts and opinions about life and how it works. These perspectives are developed by severely different upbringings and life situations. I found it particularly funny that the girl who is not it jail is the horrible person, and the one who is in jail seems like a genuinely kind and caring human being. It goes to show that you shouldn’t always judge people by the seemingly obvious factors. This book was a great read. It kept me wanting more the whole time, and wanting more when it was done.


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