The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones

The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones weaves together issues of racism and discrimination set in a beautiful story about friendship. It is a heartbreaking and resilient, joyful and disheartening, hard-hitting and nuanced. I can’t recommend this enough!

 

Synopsis:

The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones tells the story of Ethan Harper, a mixed-race boy who is sent to live with his aunt and uncle for a summer in 1955. In this small all-white Alabama town, Ethan meets Juniper Jones. Juniper is a white girl who is a free spirit and openminded, much different from the rest of the racist town. Juniper plans to have an invincible summer and quickly convinces Ethan to join her. It will be a summer that will forever change him.
 

Review:

WOW! I absolutely LOVED this story. So powerful and emotive!

This gorgeous book is an unforgettable story about friendship, racial tensions, history, heartbreak, resilience and having an unimaginable summer. As a powerful coming of age story, Ethan is stripped of his former innocence when he realizes how prevalent racism is in people he doesn’t even know.

The historical aspect of the story contributes to the dialogue of historically prevalent racism. In this small southern town (although, let’s be real, these things happen(ed) everywhere), Ethan beings to recognize more racial tension and discrimination than he ever experienced before. As the only black person amidst a town of white people, he is shocked and disheartened to learn firsthand about the injustices and prevalence of racism.

Daven McQueen creates such unique yet relatable characters in this story. Ethan is so sweet and gentle, and quickly finds a home in your heart. Juniper is so quirky and hopeful, full of whimsy and mystery – but always so sweetly optimistic. However, I would love to have more backstory about her!

The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones brings out all the feels! I’ll admit, I was sobbing at one point! It’s heartbreaking and resilient, joyful and disheartening, hard-hitting and nuanced. This story is filled with visceral imagery and relatable emotions, as it weaves together issues of racism and discrimination set in a beautiful story about friendship. It’s the perfect read in the world’s current racial climate – essential for people of all races and ages. I can’t recommend this enough!
 

Thank you to NetGalley and WattPad for a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
 

Book Details

The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones
by Daven McQueen
Paperback, 312 pages
Expected publication: June 16th 2020 by Wattpad Books

Summary

The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones weaves together issues of racism and discrimination set in a beautiful story about friendship and hope. It is a heartbreaking and resilient, joyful and disheartening, hard-hitting and nuanced. I can't recommend this enough! READ THIS BOOK!

— Cassie
0 comments
4 likes
Prev post: The Best ManNext post: I Was Told It Would Get Easier

Related posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *