My teen’s book review of Fault Lines by Nora Shalaway Carpenter

Book review from my 14 year-old, an avid reader:

“I loved Fault Lines!” she says. “It had a really good, structured storyline. I loved that the characters stayed true to their ideas throughout the novel. It had romance, but it didn’t take the really important goal and toss it aside just so two characters could kiss. It had a great setting for people who like romance set in the modern world. It incorporates a lot of modern troubles. West Virginia really came to life: it felt like I was actually in the book.”

I read Fault Lines, and loved it, too–but as a teen, my daughter’s assessment matters most when it comes to Young Adult or teen fiction.

More about the book from the publisher, Hachette:

“Riveting, powerful, and a little big magical, Fault Lines offers readers a slow-burning romance alongside an unflinching examination of socio-economics, gender expectations, and environmental ethics.

Ever since her aunt died four months ago, Vivian (Viv) Spry is aching to figure out where she belongs. Her father has become emotionally distant and even her best friend has found a new sense of identity in her theater group. Unfortunately, no one in her rural West Virginia town has time for an assertive, angry girl, especially a girl dubbed ‘Ice Queen’ for refusing to sleep with her popular boyfriend. On top of everything, she discovers a strange ability to sense energy that really freaks her out. The only place Viv feels it’s safe to be her true self is the tree stand where her aunt taught her to hunt. It’s the one place she still feels connected to the person who knew her best. So when fracking destroys the stand and almost kills her, she vows to find a way to take the gas company down.

When Dex Mathews comes to town–a new kid whose mom lands a job laying pipeline–his and Viv’s worlds collide and a friendship (and maybe more?) slowly blossoms. But Viv’s plan to sabotage the pipeline company could result in Dex’s mom losing her job, putting them on the streets. No Viv and Dex have to decide what’s worth fighting for–their families, their principles, or each other.”

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