Embracing You, Embracing Me by Michelle Bellon
I really did not get into the book the way I would have like to. I kept thing it was goig to get better for Roshell but it didn’t. This girl could catch a break at all. I kept reading thinking it’s got to get better, but it kind of just went stale. I did, however, finish the book thinking it was a waste of a few hours where I could have been reading something much better. I will give this book a 2 ½ star review. It did bring back good and bad memories from the 1990’s in which I actually spent most of my time with my cousin whose name happened to be Roshell.
Young Adult novel begins in a 90s Trailer Park, and hits hard. In a decade when image matters, when the so-called Generation X is swelling with 'future perfect' hopes and pride, 16-year-old Roshell McRady dances her way through High School, never quite admitting that she's ashamed of her trailer park family home. Meanwhile she listens to Madonna while conjuring creative Top Ramen recipes to feed her younger cousins; she empties enough hairspray until her bangs are feathered and vertical like a lethal weapon; and she agonises over how to convince Gabriel Harrison, the new Mystery Guy in town, to invite her to the prom - a night which threatens to turn into a disaster. But then life takes a dramatic turn for Roshell, and her life changes forever. A love story emerges from the anguish of Roshell's life, and when she leaves school and finds work at a casino, things don't get any less complicated for her - until one night a powerful dream marks out the exact path that she must take. Embracing You, Embracing Me has young adult humour and nineties-style cultural aspirations, but surprises with some hard-hitting moments that give the book a keen edge.