THIS SIDE OF SALVATION
Laugh, cry, snort, scream into your pillow — this book will inspire all of your emotions as it explores faith, a lack thereof, mourning, depression and first love. Known for her YA paranormal and urban fantasy titles, Smith-Ready’s mainstream YA debut gives readers a story they’ll remember for a long time. The characters can be maddening, but their actions are so real you’ll soon relish every frustrating moment. Via alternating chapters, Smith-Ready presents two easy-to-navigate storylines that meet with a comforting conclusion.
It’s the night of the Rush — the Rapture, as people used to call it — and David and his sister Mara are late. They were at an after-prom party on the most important night of their parents’ lives: when they are to be saved from the God-induced apocalypse, predicted by infamous preacher Sophia Visser, and relieved of the agony caused by their eldest son John’s death. Nothing feels different, but David’s parents seem to have vanished into thin air. Did the Rush actually happen? David and Mara dig around for clues and discover a lot more than a path back to their parents. (SIMON PULSE, Apr., 384 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781442439481, HC, 14 & Up)