Coming of Age at the End of Days by Alice LaPlante
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There's something clearly wrong with Anna. First the depression, followed by visions/hallucinations and then religious fervor point to something being not quite right. But what that is, exactly, isn't clear. Is she truly somehow chosen? Her parents' reaction is a little puzzling (if Anna were my child, I'd have her seeing a doctor and therapist) but given their other issues, not altogether surprising. As the book progresses, Anna seems to become more and more unmoored but then develops a clarity of purpose that may surprise readers. The ending feels a little off, perhaps a little too predictable and abrupt. This might be a problematic read for evangelicals and nonbelievers alike.
ARC provided by publisher.