The Year of the Storm

I don’t review books on this blog anymore. It got too time-consuming, so now I do it over on my Goodreads page instead. But I wanted to take a moment to talk to you about a book I really loved: John Mantooth’s The Year of the Storm. I thought this story of a 14-year-old boy convinced his mother and autistic sister, both of whom went missing during a huge Alabama storm, are still alive in another world that exists beside our own was so amazing I wanted to share my Goodreads review with you here, too:

Mantooth’s debut novel shows a sure and steady hand in creating a fully believable, literary coming-of-age story peppered with hints of the supernatural. He writes compelling characters with authentic motivations and emotions, all in an evocative, confident voice. Don’t miss this one. It’s a strong contender for best novel of the year. (5 out of 5 stars.)

I read it as an ARC. It’s coming out from Berkley in trade paperback in June. Check out the last two sentences of my review again, and then order a copy for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

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