Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Awakening: A Nice Alternative to Twilight

In a time when bookstores are overflowing with Twilight displays, Claudia Cangilla McAdam's book Awakening is a breath of fresh air for teen readers. This religious young adult fiction novel parallels two historical periods: modern day America and Jerusalem at the time of Jesus' crucifixion. The protagonist, a middle schooler named Veronica living in a modern-day small town USA, finds herself suddenly back in time with an opportunity to save Jesus from being put to death. Once skeptical about her Catholic faith, this teen's relationship with God is renewed by the amazing journey.

Even though I have not been a teenager for quite a while, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and will enthusiastically pass it along to teens and adults I know. Awakening is packed with religious substance. It has a love story, plus addresses difficult issues such as the death of parents and siblings, promiscuity, mother-daughter relationships, and relating to Jesus in the modern world. (Veronica's conversations with Jesus are very moving.)This book gives a fresh look at the last supper and the stations of the cross from a teen's perspective. The plot is well-planned and the symbolism is fun to uncover. A short read, at only 149 pages, Awakening makes a nice stocking stuffer this holiday season.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Awakening.


Catholic Chicks said...

I haven't heard about this book! I look forward to reading it!

Loren Christie said...

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