Being born during a hurricane has brought Caroline plenty of bad luck. She’s bullies, haunted by a spirit in black that no one else sees, and one day her mom left and never came back. But when a new student arrives and becomes her only friend, Caroline might just find the courage to face her fears and finally search for her mother.
I had high hopes for this book and I was in no way disappointed. Hurricane Child is such a heartfelt book that discusses issues like colorism and homophobia in ways that any young reader will be able to understand. Caroline’s narration is raw and real, which is what makes this book’s impact so great. Despite such heavy themes, there are moments of reprieve where the reader can breathe while also appreciating the difficulty of everything Caroline faces.
Caroline herself was such a lovable character. She is open and friendly even in the face of her classmates’ bullying and views the world in a very distinct and unique way. It was wonderful and heartbreaking to watch her navigate her relationships with other characters. She handles her suffering bravely, with moments of immaturity characteristic of a child her age. I hope to see more books like this that open discussions of difficult issues to young readers.
Yours in love and literature,
Content warning(s): bullying, colorism, racism, homophobia, internalized homophobia, near-death experiences, references to slavery and enslavement
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