Embracing You, Embracing Me by Michelle Bellon
Were you a teenager in the 1990s? Embracing You, Embracing Me by Michelle Bellon might interest you. Set in the early 90s, being a teenager is pretty much the same thing for every generation, but you’ll get to reminisce about fads, music and clothes you might have forgotten.
The American high school system baffles me – it’s definitely a different culture to in Australia! I still get really confused about the different grades (sophomore, etc.) and what they mean. I also find it fascinating how so much of an American student’s life is based around school. In Australia it’s more a case of going to classes, and then going your own way after hours. Sport and other activities are done in clubs outside of the school community.
So for me this book was a little bit about nostalgia, and also a bit about a culture I’ve only seen in the movies!
Young Adult novel begins in a 90s Trailer Park, and hits hard. In a decade when image matters, when the so-called Generation X is swelling with ‘future perfect’ hopes and pride, 16-year-old Roshell McRady dances her way through High School, never quite admitting that she’s ashamed of her trailer park family home. Meanwhile she listens to Madonna while conjuring creative Top Ramen recipes to feed her younger cousins; she empties enough hairspray until her bangs are feathered and vertical like a lethal weapon; and she agonises over how to convince Gabriel Harrison, the new Mystery Guy in town, to invite her to the prom – a night which threatens to turn into a disaster. But then life takes a dramatic turn for Roshell, and her life changes forever. A love story emerges from the anguish of Roshell’s life, and when she leaves school and finds work at a casino, things don’t get any less complicated for her – until one night a powerful dream marks out the exact path that she must take. Embracing You, Embracing Me has young adult humour and nineties-style cultural aspirations, but surprises with some hard-hitting moments that give the book a keen edge.
Posted on 01/11/2012, in Books, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Romance and tagged High School, Michelle Bellon, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Romance. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.