Sade on the Wall by Elizabeth Barone

Just so you know it’s pronounced “Sha-day” only as the main character says in the book, she isn’t named after the singer, who I didn’t know existed until I was talking about the book to a friend. Sade on the Wall is a published by Maietta Ink, an indie publishing company, which publishes all of Elizabeth Barone’s work. A dark coming-of-age novel, Sade on the Wall was a quarter-finalist in 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, which is pretty cool. So here have a tiny blurb because I don’t like the big one:

Sade must choose between saving her friendship and saving her friend when she discovers that Jackie is using Ecstasy. Can she keep Jackie’s secret and herself out of trouble?

So, this book is full to the brim with controversy, but not just because the Ecstasy (which in it’s pure form is called Molly by the way; I’m the pure form of ecstasy, what can I say?), but also because she’s a mixed child with lesbian parents. I’m just throwing it out there to do with what you will. I do love that so many issues are confronted in this book; however, I think that these issues are addressed as thoroughly as they could be.

An example of this is how readily Sade is accepted by her classmates when having lesbian parents in a SMALL town, having lived in a small town I know the prejudice and cruelty you can receive for being even slightly different. That is only a external problem she would have, not to mention all the internal confusion that could come with having same-gendered parents when you are all hormonal and a crazy teenager.

Anyways, enough of that soap box. I did enjoy the story, though sometimes Sade killed me with how naive she was. I mean, I was a naive teenager, but still she was a bit ridiculous at times. But I guess that was just her character. I loved the ending; it was easily my favorite part, though it makes me seem sadistic to say so. It was truly realistic which is what people need sometimes, a nice dose of reality.

Overall, I believe this story is a great story, a parable almost, for preteens and younger teens who don’t really know anything about the pills they’re being offered and probably taking. It also says sometimes hanging with the right crowd won’t always mean your kids will turn out perfect. There’s this whole big world to influence and tempt them, and being involved in their lives really does make a difference, like Sade’s parents do for her and her brother.

I didn’t divide this up all nice and neat like I did with the previous story, but that’s because like the story, my feelings were complicated. Also, I did leave out some controversy, just because everyone needs to be surprised. I hope you choose to read this book if you like a little drama in your life!

To find out more about Elizabeth Barone and her books visit:

Elizabeth Barone’s Homepage

 

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