Survive the year.
No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.
In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.
Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.
With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.
WOW THIS WAS A WILD RIDE
♥ Guys, this one is so crazy and you will spend the whole thing wondering what in the fresh hell is actually going on. The Handmaids Tale x The Crucible x The Lord of the Flies x a little bit of The Beach.
Anybody else remember this movie?
♥ While this book is written in extremes, it’s not really anything that most girls haven’t experienced. We’re all kept in the dark, we’re all told what to do, we’re all told what our futures will be. We’re made to turn against each other when we could take over the world if only we all stood together. We’re told that men know best and to let them lead the way, make the decisions. And not all of us always see past the bullshit or are able to grow up and get away from it. And it’s not any different in this dystopian.
♥ I know I’m not telling you much past the synopsis, but that’s because there’s so much packed in here and you really have to go in open minded and without anything else clouding your expectations. Just know that it’s going to make you mad, and that’s okay. That’s the point. In the end, I turned the last page filled with feminist pride.
Favorite Quotes: “But they’re not here, and their forgiveness is out of my hands. There’s one person who desperately needs it, though, some I’m completely in control of – myself. I did the best I could with what I’d been given.”