It is a day like any other when seventeen-year-old Melinda Jensen hits the road for San Francisco, leaving behind her fractured home life and a constant assault on her self-esteem. Henry is the handsome, charismatic man who comes upon her, collapsed on a park bench, and offers love, a bright new consciousness, and—best of all—a family. One that will embrace her and give her love. Because family is what Mel has never really had. And this new family, Henry’s family, shares everything. They share the chores, their bodies, and their beliefs. And if Mel truly wants to belong, she will share in everything they do. No matter what the family does, or how far they go.
Told in episodic verse, family is an unflinching look at people who are born broken, and the lengths they’ll go to to make themselves “whole” again.
Shall we take a peek at what people are saying about this book? Let's!
♺ "Dark, mesmerizing and hazy." - Publisher's Weekly
♺ "Terrifyingly Good... And incredibly terrifying." - NY Times best-selling author LAUREN MYRACLE
♺ "Ostow's Henry is fascinating, a pied pieper hell-bent on reaching the masses, whether through love or terror. The subject alone should make this popular." -Booklist
♺ "Equal parts haunting and horrifying, FAMILY is overflowing with a sad beauty. Utterly mesmerizing from first page to last." - MICHELLE ZINK, author of the Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy
Words like "haunting, terrifying, horrifying" go hand in hand, somehow, with "fascinating" and "mesmerizing" for these reviewers. And isn't that how the world views unspeakable events and gruesome crimes? They're so awful that we almost can't look away.
Take a look at that blood-splashed cover, and watch the trailer (below). Why do dark stories have such power to draw us in?
I'm not sure, and scary movies still leave me sleep-deprived, but I'll be reading Family this weekend, that's for sure.