Tuesday, August 08, 2017
REVIEW: The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
I think the thing that most drew me to The State of Grace is that this an #ownvoices book featuring autism representation and that was something that I was very excited about. However, while I'm sure the representation of autism was pretty good ... I just didn't really connect with the story or with Grace as a character, unfortunately. I wanted to love the story more than I did. But as disappointing as it is to admit, it was just okay for me.
This book follows the main character, Grace, during a rather chaotic time in her life. Everything seems to be going well, until everything suddenly isn't. Things are difficult at home with her father away on a business trip and her mum acting a little bit strangely. She ends up kissing a boy, Gabe, and her sister is going off the rails a little bit. And Grace has Asperger's and sees the world differently to everyone else.
I think the author did a great job in letting us as readers know what Grace needs in terms of managing her autism with structure and routine because of how overwhelming life becomes for Grace. She also does a great job in depicting Grace's parents. Her mum in particular bears the brunt of being the person responsible for making things better for Grace but that responsibility comes with its own price tag. I also really liked Grace and Gabe as potential love interests. Both are a little bit sweet and awkward which makes them both all the more endearing.
I wish I could explain in words better why this book didn't work for me as I wanted it to? It was fairly quick to read, it had aspects of the story line that I really enjoyed. However, that spark that I was expecting from this book just wasn't there for me, personally. But that's just me. Perhaps you'll love this book as much as the dozens of other readers and their reviews that I've seen. I hope you do.