Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Riggs Crossing

'Riggs Crossing' was recommended to the audience at a recent youth publishing event I attended, where publishers showcased outstanding examples of teenage fiction for 2013.
'Riggs Crossing' does not disappoint, either.

Written by Michelle Renee Heeter, who grew up in the American mid-west before moving to Japan, then Sydney, the strength and authenticity of the voice of the main character within this book is extraordinary.

The book begins with a mystery - a teenage girl has been found with serious injuries as a result of a car crash. Who is she? Her identity is unclear - and if she knows she is not telling.

'Len' as she is called is now living in a youth refuge. Staying with her are other young people who have varying degrees of trauma from mostly horrendous upbringings. The minutiae of interpersonal relationships between Len and other housemates, youth workers and teachers makes for compelling though not always comfortable reading.

Len herself is an interesting personality - a person who looks to her favourite TV personality lawyer 'Clarissa Hobbs' as a mentor, then begins to write episodes in which she, Len, is really Clarissa's long lost daughter!

Len is a likeable enough personality, though within the context of her home life Len can be as much of a bully as those around her.
Who can forget the couch fight scene where the new girl sits on the couch Len has designated as her own?
'Get off my couch and don't ever go near it again' Len orders.

Len has flashbacks to her previous life before the accident and the reader becomes aware that she was in a dangerous family situation where drug taking and illegal activities were the norm.
As the story unfolds the past begins to catch up with Len.

Excellent reading




Michelle said...

Hello, I'm Michelle Heeter. Thanks so much for reading my book, and for publishing a review.

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