Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There were so many quotes I have marked; I love AS King and this book definitely seals the deal. I love her writing, her characters, and her grasp of the teen world and how their minds and psyches relate! Imagine you and your friend drink a bat and then every time you see someone, you begin to see into their past and future. That's right! Glory and her friend, Ellie, drink a petrified bat that has been doused with beer. On top of this, Glory O'Brien has always been very aware her mother killed herself when she was five by sticking her head in an oven. Glory has continued to wonder through the years, "Will I be like my mother?" and why doesn't anyone (including her dad) ever talk about her mom? Fast forward to her senior year and Glory has not applied to college, is the yearbook photographer (her mom was a photographer) with no friends and she confronts her father with questions, emotions, and raw anger about her mother that she has kept long buried. This is a must read book- Glory's thoughts and in her words, Glory O'Brien's History of the Future, are succinct, honest, scary, and evocative. She comes face to face with who she is and she does her best to live, one day at a time, doing great things. Highly recommended!
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