Date Released: June 1, 2015
Pages: 276 pages
Source: For Review (Thanks!)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall was such a raw and beautiful book that bring into light topics of weight, image, and love. Hall wrote an amazing book that would captivate any reader into the main character, Sugar Garcia's journey in finding herself and falling in love.
The book was such a short and simple book, but had great characters and writing that helped make it a stand out. Sugar begins with heavy girl Sugar Garcia who turns to junk food for comfort and strength. She lives with her mom and her younger brother, Skunk, both of whom treat her badly and at times criticizes her for her weight and worthlessness. But once Sugar meets Even her life changes. Sugar's journey to self-confidence and romance was a big part of the book. Even and Sugar's relationship was genuine and sweet and it felt great as Sugar began to open up to Even. Hall crafted such great characters, readers could easily relate to them, because I know I did :)
One element in the book I really liked was the unexpected twist towards the end of the book. It was definitely unexpected for me and I definitely did not see it coming! But be prepared for some water works when it comes! But I think the twist in the novel helped Sugar to move on with her life and embrace the person she became. Hall was able to shift the book to the realities of life and it helped make it feel more real and honest. I do wish the book focused more on the Sugar's family dynamic with her dad and mom, possibly with flashbacks into the past?
Overall, Sugar, was a great, heartfelt book. Any reader would be able to easily pick up the book and read about Sugar's journey. Be sure to pick this great contemporary book now!