16 July 2014

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; Chris Bohjalian

Close Your Eyes, Hold HandsClose Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Why is this book being released as Adult? It's got so much teen appeal - the characters, the situation, the writing - that it just seems a natural fit for that market.

When I was much younger, I saw "The China Syndrome" mere days before the Three Mile Island meltdown, and recently, living near Indian Point and hearing all the fuss about it and its future (particularly in the face of the Fukushima Daiichi leak, this really resonated. There are a lot of good things about nuclear power, and a lot of bad things. Luckily, little time is spent here on those issues; instead the action centers on the life of Emily post-accident at a fictional plant in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. It's not an easy life, particularly given that her parents (specifically her father) may have been responsible for the problem, and perhaps that's why it's an Adult book: there are drugs, prostitution and homelessness involved. Still, given other books that have been written for YAs...

On a personal note, I loved the description of the NEK (I have family up there).

ARC provided by publisher.

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