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4.0 out of 5 starsTake the young ADULT label seriously
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2017
This was a raw and graphic novel, filled with as much abuse and hatred as there was love and hope. It was beautifully written, with lyrical descritpions, and the characters were fleshed out and realistic. There was sexual content, both consensual and forced, though not described in gratuitous detail. There was also an abundance of racial slurs and violence, again central to the story. Overall, very well-written and heartbreakingly realistic. I would not recommend this to younger teens.
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2019
An amazing book. Stories and characters and timelines weaved together so perfectly that I couldn't put it down and finished the whole thing in a few hours, needing to know so badly how it ended. I recommend this book to everyone now. It left me in tears at the end but should be a required read for anyone who wants to understand more about racism in the south and also loves fully developed characters that make you miss them at the end of the book. So wonderful.
5.0 out of 5 starsDefinitely going on our library shelf!
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2016
I'm still raw from reading this book. A young Mexican girl who lost her mother due to childbirth is sent with her brother and sister (twins) from her grandparents' home to East Texas to live with her stepfather (the Twins' father). He is not a great guy to Naomi, but the twins like him. The siblings all meet Wash, an African American who is awesome and caring, and they all make a strange, happy family. But this is the 1930's, and the relationship is not accepted. At all. And then bad happens. The story is set around the New London elementary school explosion, which I knew nothing about. But apparently it is the deadliest school disaster in America. And it was gruesome. This is not a light read, and there are some very adult situations, but it is a book that exposes more of the country's racial cruelty to anyone who is not white. This book definitely goes in the We Need Diverse Books shelf.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis author always shocks and surprises you.
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2016
This author is one of a kind. I have enjoyed all three of her books and this one was no exception. The fact that I live in East Texas makes the setting personal. My family has similar stories of people just as bad and just as good as these characters. As always, I was riveted and never expected it to end like it did. Mrs. Perez knows how to make the characters come to life and knows how to keep you invested in the story. She always shocks and surprises you. She deserves the award she won for this book and deserves more recognition than she is getting.
(a) For purposes of this section: (1) “Minor” means an individual younger than 18 years. (2) “Harmful material” means material whose dominant theme taken as a whole: (A) appeals to the prurient interest of a minor, in sex, nudity, or excretion; (B) is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable for minors; and (C) is utterly without redeeming social value for minors.
5.0 out of 5 starsA beautiful novel about ugly things
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2016
I figured I'd be settling in with this thick book for at least a week, but I blazed through it in three days. Perez keeps the story moving with short chapters told in alternating points of view and mounting tension. OUT OF DARKNESS is a beautiful novel about ugly things - rascism, sexual abuse, and the aftermath of a horrible explosion, a real life historical event which I'd known nothing about. It's also hopeful and redemptive.
5.0 out of 5 starsCan hardly describe how good this is...
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2016
This story is absolutely stunning. The prologue sets you up with a sense of dread that pervades the novel. However, the incredible tenderness of the protagonists also gives you hope that somehow some goodness can be salvaged. The tragedy of this story is of Shakespearean proportion. Honestly. There is potent violence and racism depicted here, along with sexuality, but an extraordinary read for mature teen readers and adults.