Release Date: July 19, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
Melissa Walker has crafted the perfect balance of engrossing, thought-provoking topics and relatable, likable characters. Set against the backdrop of extreme religion, Small Town Sinners is foremost a universal story of first love and finding yourself, and it will stay with readers long after the last page.
I’m not sure where to even begin with Small Town Sinners. It was very good. I’m impressed that a author took on such touchy subjects while staying completely neutral. This is a book that will evoke strong emotions, and put people in a lifestyle they have never experienced before.
I grew up in a nonreligious family in the bible belt. I think this gave me a unique perspective when it came to Lacey’s story. While I couldn’t relate to her directly, I could definitely picture her lifestyle easily because it’s very realistic. I see this everyday. Melissa Walker did a fantastic job bringing this story to life. I think teens and adults that have lived more….liberal lives will be shocked by some of the things in the book, but don’t be put off by that. Everything–all the touchy issues–are handled so well.
Lacey was a great protagonist, even if sometimes I wanted to shake some sense into her. She was very religious and most of the time I avoid books and characters that deal with religion heavily, but I’m so, so glad I didn’t pass this one up. Lacey and all her friends have led very sheltered lives, but some events make Lacey start questioning things. Her doubts were all very valid and believable. Watching Lacey and her friends realize that things are not as black and white as they once believed was also like watching someone grow up right before your eyes.
There are some infuriating aspects to the story. I really could have punched Lacey’s dad a few times. I personally love when a story makes me feel such strong emotions and Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker definitely does that. I recommend this book, especially if you would like a unbiased glimpse into another world.