on April 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Five teens backpack through Europe to fulfill the mysterious dying wish of their friend.
Jesse lives with his history professor dad in a house covered with postcards of images of the Madonna from all over the world. They’re gotten used to this life: two motherless dudes living among thousands of Madonnas. But Jesse has a heart condition that will ultimately cut his life tragically short. Before he dies, he arranges a mysterious trip to Europe for his three cousins, his best friend, and his girlfriend to take after he passes away. It’s a trip that will forever change the lives of these young teens and one that will help them come to terms with Jesse’s death.
I was drawn to The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by the cover and the European trip aspect, I wasn’t expecting such beautiful writing. Kate Hattemer certainly has a way with words.
The Land of 10,000 Madonnas is told from alternating points of view. All the characters were very unique. They all had their own set of problems to deal with. They were a tiny bit infuriating at times. I’m not usually a fan of alternating perspectives but it works in this book. I didn’t feel a ton of connection with the characters but I did find them all interesting.
The travel aspects of the story were fantastic. They found themselves in some locations I haven’t read about very much. Their journey brings them closer together, even if that’s not exactly what they wanted.
Kate Hattemer’s writing was my absolute favorite part. She writes with such emotion and eloquence. It’s so easy to feel her words. I can’t wait to read more books by her.