I was not sure what to expect after I read the first chapter of Shrug by Lisa Braver Moss. The book introduces readers to Martha. She is one of three children, growing up in the 1960s. The first discovery about Martha is her shrug. She developed this nervous tick and has little control over it, except for when she is singing. She has perfect pitch and loves music. It is definitely an escape from her home life. Her parents fight often. Her father is physically abusive and her mother is mentally abusive. Not only that but she is growing up in a period of political turmoil. With her world crumbling down around her, will she be able to escape and go to college?
This coming-of-age book hits so many emotions. I wanted to scoop up Hildy, Martha and Drew and protect them from the awful home life they had to endure. No child should ever have to experience such horror. Despite their home life, they have hope and passions. These characters felt so real. Their reactions to the events seem so realistic and it evoked so many emotions. There were moments that I had tears streaming down my cheeks.
The characters are what make this book shine. It is absolutely impossible to put down. I have read several coming-of-age novels and there are times when the pace is slow, that is not the case with this book. It moves at an incredible pace. I also really enjoyed the musical aspect of the book. There are so many references to music throughout the story as if it is a soundtrack to Martha’s life. I really recommend this book. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. It is currently available for pre-order and will be available on August 13th!!
Thank you, JKS Communications and the author for a copy of this book.