I’m really excited to be part of this blog tour. This book was such a great read, and I should have a review up soon. I put together a look for the book, which I had a ton of fun with. I’m always excited when I get to bring the Looks From Books feature back!
Every year, Lucy waits eagerly for the arrival of the “snowbirds,” the Old Order Amish who come trundling into Florida on buses from the north, bringing Lucy’s best friend Alice, with whom she’s spent every winter she can remember. This winter is different. At sixteen, Alice is in the middle of “Rumspringa,” a season in which Amish teens try out forbidden temptations, in order to get them out of their system. Lucy is part of a different sect, in which teens aren’t allowed such bold experimentation, and she’s fighting to keep up as Alice races from one wild party to the next. Then, one night after just such a party, Alice vanishes. Wracked by guilt, Lucy knows that she should have been watching out for Alice, but instead, she was kissing Faron, an Older Order boy shunned by his society. Now, Lucy plunges into a search for her best friend–while also hiding her own secret, which could put her in even more danger.
ABOUT CRISSA JEAN CHAPPELL:
CRISSA-JEAN CHAPPELL (crissajeanchappell.com) was born in Miami and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut young adult novel,Total Constant Order, is a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and a VOYA Perfect Ten. Chappell’s second novel, Narc, is currently optioned for film. More Than Good Enough is her most recent novel, which Kirkus calls “compelling and emotionally nuanced.” Chappell holds a PhD and MFA from the University of Miami. She has taught creative writing and cinema studies for more than ten years.
I put together this look for Lucy because she is at a crossroads in her life, having to decide whether or not to join the strict church she grew up in. The dress is a callback to the high-necked, long skirted dresses she was required to wear, but I gave her a colorful pattern to represent her inner turmoil over the church and their rules. I also added sneakers and a sweater to represent the plain and utilitarian clothes she grew up wearing. I think she would appreciate the pockets on the bulky cardigan.
Then, I gave her backpack, solid color like the cardigan and shoes. I filled it with two items that hold a lot of meaning for her. The first is a pair of work gloves. Lucy works with her dad, who builds gazebos. She is incredibly skilled at this and helps him with his business. She is also a girl who loves studying the ocean, so I gave her a book on the ocean. Her love of science and learning is what gives her pause when deciding whether or not to commit to her church and associated lifestyle.
I finished the look with a pair of earrings. For Lucy, this would be incredibly rebellious. Plus, they are sandollars, which have a lot of meaning both for Lucy and the story.
1 Finished Copies of SNOWBIRDS with Crissa’s notes & Doodles (US Only)