I love when a book surprises me. It can be in the plot, the characters, theme, etc. My first book from Nikki Grimes surprised me in style. With short and poetic entries, the story quickly grabs your attention and holds it the whole way through.
Nikki Grimes, a bestselling author known for titles such as Dark Sons, Child of Hope, and Voices of Christmas has written a gripping book from the perspective of a girl named Mister (Mary Rudine) who finds herself momentarily distracted from her faith commitment to purity by a handsome boy named Trey. After one night of weakness, Mister finds her entire life has changed, even if she can’t yet accept all the changes occurring within her are real. When the emotional scars of losing her innocence are more lasting than she imagined, Mister turns to a book of her mother’s, which contains poems from Mary’s perspective. As both Mister and Mary’s voices play out in the story, a full and meaningful portrait of Christian faith, trust, and forgiveness emerges, along with the truth that God can use even the most unplanned events in our lives for his greater glory.
With short, yet insightful entries, Grimes takes us on a journey of a teenager living though the choices she makes. I enjoyed that the entries were like living inside her journal. They were honest and the journey of God redeeming her choices was encouraging and a reminder we could all use. I also really enjoyed the entries from Mary. How might Mary have felt while carrying Jesus? What might have she thought? A gift, no doubt, but not an easy one. So much we can learn!
“Maybe it’s God reminding me I’m not as alone as I thought.”
A reminder we all need, no matter what situations we find ourselves in.
This is such a quick and lyrical read, I invite you to give it a shot. I’d love to hear what you think about it.
Who are some of your favorite poets?
(Thank you to Blink YA for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)