Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (March 17, 2020)
“Mary Cecilia Jackson leaves no perspective unexplored in this beautifully woven story of love, loss, self-acceptance, and strength. Sparrow and Lucas are heroes in every sense of the word, as they navigate a new, unfamiliar dance―the pain of knowing when to stay grounded and when to fly.” ―Jennifer Brown, bestselling author of Hate List
In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, a devastating but hopeful YA debut about a ballerina who finds the courage to confront the abuse that haunts her past and threatens her future.
There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey
I thought I would be safe after my mother died. I thought I could stop searching for new places to hide. But you can’t escape what you are, what you’ve always been.
My name is Savannah Darcy Rose.
And I am still prey.
Though Savannah Rose―Sparrow to her friends and family―is a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed that her lifelong creed―“I’m not the kind of girl who tells”―will make her just like everyone else: Normal. Happy. Safe. But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever….
What happens when your perfect life turns upside down?
Sparrow seems to have everything going for her. She keeps a lot to herself, don’t make trouble at home, and is the perfect ballerina. Once Tristan comes into her life, everything seems to get out of control. Sparrow must find the courage to speak up and face some hidden secrets from the past.
I enjoyed this book. It was a well written story and also very detailed . The book deals with emotional and physical abuse and may be sensitive to some readers. The cover to this book is very pretty and eye-catching. The characters were all likable (except Tristan) and Sparrow does have a good support system.
I did like Sparrow in the book. Thought she was brave going through so much alone. She deals with her mothers death, and the abuse of her boyfriend. Only Lucas seems to care with what’s happening to her. Which I was thrilled that Lucas got his own point of view. You can see how much anger he has because of the pain Sparrow is suffering and he can’t help her. I really enjoyed reading about these two characters and watching them grow.
Sparrow is such a good read. It’s hard to find the courage to speak up but you must do so before it’s too late. This is a very emotional read and might need some tissues for it.
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Mary Cecilia Jackson has worked as a middle school teacher, an adjunct instructor of college freshmen, a technical writer and editor, a speechwriter, a museum docent, and a development officer for central Virginia’s PBS and NPR stations. Her first novel, Sparrow, was an honor recipient of the SCBWI Sue Alexander Award and a young-adult finalist in the Writers’ League of Texas manuscript contest. She lives with her architect husband, William, in Western North Carolina and Hawaii, where they have a farm and five ridiculously adorable goats.