Title: Small Town Sinners
Author: Melissa Walker
Details: ARC, Published in Hardcover, 259 pgs.
Published: July 19th, 2011 by Bloomsbury
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Gifted to me
The story of Lacey Anne Byers, a small town girl who is excited to star in Hell House, her church’s annual haunted house of sin, until a childhood friend reappears and makes her question her faith.
When I got this book in a box of books gifted to me I was really excited about it. I grew up in a very religious home and had extremely strict parents. Now that I’ve read the book I can say that my religious upbringing was quite a lot different. But I still found myself relating to so many things that Lacey was going through.
Lacey is very religious. She’s bought everything sold to her by her pastor father and hasn’t questioned any of the beliefs. This book was about her seeing that everything isn’t black and white. And we really see her grow as she realizes this. I didn’t always like Lacey, she was so strong in her beliefs in the beginning and I just wanted to smack some sense into her. But with the little help of a cute new boy realization slowly dawns that she needs to form her own beliefs. With that I began to like her more.
This was one of those books that you want to scream at because of the idiocy of people. The hypocrisy in their beliefs and ways. I remember growing up and not being allowed to spend time with my friends from school and only being allowed to go with church friends. My parents seemed to think that my school friends were a bad influence. But just because one friend had multi colored hair and multiple piercings didn’t mean she did drugs. And in truth the church friends were the ones doing the drugs and my other friend never touched them! I know my parents were trying to do what they thought was right, but it was very frustrating for me. Although nothing like that exactly happens in the book it still brought that to mind.
Although religion is very heavy through the book it’s not pro religion nor against it. I would say the author wrote it in a neutral type position and just helped point out that things aren’t black and white. The book is not preachy, but keep in mind that Lacey is very religious and we hear a lot of that from her. In my opinion the author did a brilliant job in creating a story that many can relate to even if their own experience is actually quite different.
Disclosure: I received this an ARC of this from another blogger as a gift. All opinions stated are my own and I was not paid or compensated in anyway.