Author: Mary Cecilia Jackson
Publication date: March 17, 2020
Genre: young adult contemporary
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
BEHIND THIS AESTHETIC COVER IS A SAD , HEART WRENTCHING ,EMOTIONAL STORY.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via The Fantastic Flying Bookshelf and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, a devastating but hopeful YA debut about a ballerina who finds the courage to confront the abuse that haunts her past and threatens her future.
There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey
I thought I would be safe after my mother died. I thought I could stop searching for new places to hide. But you can’t escape what you are, what you’ve always been.
My name is Savannah Darcy Rose.
And I am still prey.
Though Savannah Rose―Sparrow to her friends and family―is a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed that her lifelong creed―“I’m not the kind of girl who tells”―will make her just like everyone else: Normal. Happy. Safe. But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever…
Everyone calls me Sparrow. And I am still prey.
Sparrow. This book is overwhelming to me because I just came out of abusive relationship even though it’s not physically abusive it still was . So when I am reading about Savahna journey I wanted to scream to her to leave Tristan . I just wanted to make her understand that sweetie it’s not love just, just leave him .
But everyone around Savanah is also telling her , reaching out to her , just so she can open up about her and Tristan relation . I mean we know when other person is not feeling good and it shows in their action . But being in love with Tristan, Savanah decline all signs which is their and it ultimately leads her their where I has been once -THE HOSPITAL .
Struggling for her own life , but it’s nice to know that not what you expect from your best person is different thing and what you get is different . And in those moments you finally realise who is actually their for you.
Savanah is ambitious and motivated girl about being a ballerina one day . She even landed a role in a show , where she started to spend more time with Lucas her best friend . This is not liked by Tristan and he started to get violent with her to that point to get her into hospital . Just because Savanah wanted a break from Tristan and all these drama . She just needed peace and maybe she get , in a twisted a by being on hospital bed. Maybe if she could have been told someone – this day would not come. Maybe .
I just hope she is okay . She is sparrow she meant to fly , not caged.
Thank you so much to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for having me on this tour and giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!
About the Author
Mary Cecilia Jackson has worked as a middle school teacher, an adjunct instructor of college freshmen, a technical writer and editor, a speechwriter, a museum docent, and a development officer for central Virginia’s PBS and NPR stations. Her first novel, Sparrow, was an honor recipient of the SCBWI Sue Alexander Award and a young-adult finalist in the Writers’ League of Texas manuscript contest. She lives with her architect husband, William, in Western North Carolina and Hawaii, where they have a farm and five ridiculously adorable goats.
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