Friday, September 28, 2007

Lily Dale: Awakening

by Wendy Corsi Staub

When Calla returned home from school one day she found her mother lying dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs. After the funeral, neither Calla nor her father can stand the thoughts of staying in their home in Florida. Calla decides to stay with her strange grandmother in Lily Dale, New York while her father looks for an apartment in California.

Calla's down-to-earth mother didn't have much of a relationship with her own mother after she had left home and Calla's family never vacationed in Lily Dale, so Calla is surprised and shocked when she learns that the small town of Lily Dale is considered the World's Largest Center for the Religion of Spirituality and her grandmother is a medium.

I enjoyed this YA adult book for the most part and I can see its appeal for young teens and young adults. The reader can empathize with Calla and her pain over the loss of her mother, her confusion about her own abilities to see ghosts, her yearning to learn more about her mother by living in the home where she grew up, her developing relationship with her grandmother, her feelings for her ex-boyfriend and the attraction she experiences to 2 new boys in Lily Dale. I think young people will relate well to Calla's struggles and in subtle ways are reassured that they are not alone in the battles and triumphs of life.

Awakening is a fast, yet engaging read. I lent the book to one of my study skills students and she read it in 2 days. She was very excited about the book and wants to read the next in the series. As do I.


Framed said...

Hmmm, I think I will pass on this one. I rode my exercise bike last night and took a good look at my bookshelf. I've decided I need to quit getting new books. Was this book for the R.I.P Challenge?

Framed said...

Whoops, just looked at your labels. Never mind the question.

jenclair said...

Like Framed, I'm trying not to get any more new books, at least until I finish what I have. Like that's gonna' really happen. Sorry that this one left too much dangling, but I guess it is a great hook.

Stephanie said...

Sounds pretty good to me! I enjoy YA books alot. Half my TBR pile are young adult!! I think it's that little part of my brain that refuses to grow up!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds intersting, I will wait and see what you think of the next one before adding it to my list though for now (I have so many books to read it's quite daunting at the moment!).

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the great review of my new YA paranormal! I just signed to do 2 more Lily Dale books (4 in all, released every six months with the next title, BELIEVING, coming in May '08--and the series has been optioned for television! WENDY CORSI STAUB