Realistic fiction that’s gripping from start to finish! Will she, won’t she be sucked in to the cycle of alcoholism? Teens and adults will enjoy this powerful, compelling debut novel that creates strong emotions and makes readers think beyond the surface evidence. A refreshing take on romance in YA, and a light, humorous touch sprinkled throughout the grim subject of domestic violence will ensure that readers keep turning the pages until the uplifting conclusion.
Determined to protect her mother and little sisters, fourteen-year-old Kacey Dalton takes the brunt of her father’s alcoholism and violent mood swings. He swears if she tells anyone he’ll shut her big mouth forever. Her mom turns a blind eye and does nothing; she’s got her own secrets to keep. Kacey’s quirky sense of humor helps her deal, and she hopes someday she’ll be free of his tirades.
Struggling to hold her dysfunctional family together, Kacey escapes into her best friend Maxine’s happy family. She finds sanctuary in Maxine’s perfect life: fancy house, loving parents, and handsome older brother Wade. Kacey’s been crushing on Wade for years, and he may or may not like her back.
As her dad’s explosive rages escalate, Kacey’s bruises get harder to hide–especially from Wade. He wants answers. If Kacey tells him the truth, she risks losing him and her second family forever. She ends up trapped between the wall of lies she’s built and the father who’s intent on taking every-crappy-thing-that’s-wrong-with-his-life out on her. Kacey seeks escape again, this time in the sanctuary of whiskey. The more she says she will not be like her father, the more she is like him, which has devastating effects on her sisters. Exactly what she’s tried so hard to prevent.
Kacey must find courage to stop the abuse. But rescuing herself means destroying the lives of everyone she loves. And standing up to her dad might just get her killed.
Heart-wrenching, humorous, and hopeful, Big Mouth Blues weaves a story of true friendship with a resilient young girl’s journey of triumph. Readers will find themselves cringing, laughing out loud, getting teary-eyed, and unable to put this riveting, intense page-turner down.
My Review: This book is a great read for kids aged 14 and up too age 100 for adults. I write that because it’s true. Many teenagers and kids can see themselves in the role as Kacey, and many can’t as they’ve not experienced it. This book is rather cathartic for anyone and everyone even if their experiences differ. Both men and women benefit reading this story as they will be able to sport an abused child or adult much easier. Five gold stars!