Harper Lee and Peppermint Candy by Paula Hennessy

*I was given this book free by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.*

I recently read Harper Lee and Peppermint Candy by Paula Hennessy. I would consider it young adult fiction mainly because the protagonist is in her teens. It is realistic fiction also, which in YA, I don't tend to read a lot of. However, going in I didn't have any bias toward the genre. I was actually pleasantly surprised how much I liked it, considering the fact that I read much more sci-fi/fantasy. I thought that the main character Megan was very realistically written, and even though she has a bit of an extreme personality, at first, I thought it was also easy to identify with her. What she goes through and deals with as a teenager doesn't seem that far-fetched for any teen these days, and therefore, her reactions also are within the realm of believability. I also thoroughly liked the grandmother, Addie. She's very comforting and loving like most grandmothers, but she is also very no nonsense which is refreshing.

The plot is written well. The book flows very nicely and is a quick read which is usually an indication of its quality. Considering the hardships that they go through in the course of the book, the ending is not as sad as it could have been. Where Hennessy chooses to end the plot for Addie and Megan is more bittersweet than tragic - though I still shed many tears.

Overall, I think that Harper Lee and Peppermint Candy is an engrossing read, well-written with likable characters, and I would recommend it to anyone (not just readers of young adult fiction or realistic fiction). I give it 4 out of 5 stars.


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