While, in an effort to not trivialize or pretend as if teenagers don’t go through hard things, I’d timidly suggest this novel for older teens.
Macy is disturbed or is she? Forced into a life of neglect, poverty, and disfunction—it’s hard to decipher “crazy,” behavior from a cry for help.
Macy’s mom is as present as she is absent—and her father is incarcerated. She has a best friend, Alma who’s life is just as complicated—and her other bestie, George—who wears a helmet, and is a gentle giant.
Told in a series of chapters, some short and succinct, some poem-like, The Disturbed Girl’s dictionary is a hard-hitter of a book never dallying in the sweet, but delivering the truth in a harsh, sharp loud tone. Some of it is down-right cringeworthy and eye-shutting.
For a debut novel, the author had no qualms about telling this story with all of its real quirky craziness.
The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary though better suited for older teens is a story worth reading if not to enjoy but to peel back the layers of the reality of stories like these that get covered or ignored.
A worthwhile gritty read not for the faint of heart.