Ugly to Start With
By John Michael Cummings
Genre: YA Fiction
Review: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia is a fulfilling setting for this coming-of-age tale. Jason is figuring out where he fits in this strange world. His angry father, brushes with the stark realities of adultery and domestic violence, friendships fraught with conflict, a yearning for the larger world of art and culture—all come together in this collection of related short stories. The writing style is richly descriptive, the small town enlivened for the reader.
Jason struggles to retain his strong sense of self as he navigates the contradictions and hopelessness of the people around him.
Song to read by: "Landslide" live by Fleetwood Mac