This week I’m going to talk about one of my favourites.
The Graces is a Young Adult, Magical Realism story about a girl called River who only ever wanted to be in when she had always felt out. The Grace family are young and gorgeous and mysterious and she, like everyone else at their school, wants to be one of them. In this book we follow black magic, beach parties and beautiful people and in the end River must confront it all to finally feel like she belongs.
Rarely do I become so wholeheartedly addicted to a book as much as I did with The Graces. A lot of people have criticised this story for being too cliche or cringe and I think that they are absolutely right. It is both of those things but thats what makes its so addictive. We learn about the plot through a main character who is a teenage girl so we shouldn’t expect the story to sound like its been narrated by a middle aged man with a degree and a mortgage. This books originality and success is born from its characters who are wide, well thought out and genuinely interesting. All of their motives and actions intertwine with events in the novel in a clever and satisfying way.
The Graces definitely has that easy to read quality because ultimately we, just like River, end up loving the family that manages to be so elusive and magical at the same time. If you are looking for a story that has some sometimes cliche main characters mixed with a winding and compelling plot then this book is for you.
I give it a 4 out of 5 stars
Keep on reading!
And thanks again Beth