It is time for another spooky book review!!! Whoop whoop! Today it is the turn of Say Her Name by Juno Dawson. So let’s do this.
Well I am officially terrified of mirrors again. I knew that this book was likely to be one that would really freak me out. I had heard a lot of people talking about how creepy and unnerving it was, so I was expecting it to scare me. I also have the added element of being terrified of Bloody Mary. Well I used to be as a kid…apparently I am again now.
This book was the perfect Halloween read. not only is it set at Halloween, it is also really scary and creepy. The fact that the story revolves around an urban legend, a story, that we all know, that we all grew up hearing about really makes this book. Combine that with the fact that most people, myself included, did the Bloody Mary chant at some point in their lives. It makes this book so scary. It plays on the fears that you already have. Ideas that you have already worried about and been creeped out by. This book takes the legend of Bloody Mary and puts a whole new spin on, rethatching all your fears.
But, despite that fact that I am never looking into a mirror again, I liked this book. I liked that there was an investigative element to it. an uncovering of the truth. It took this book beyond just being a plain scary book, to being a really well rounded novel. You got to see all elements of the story. I like that you got to learn what made this urban legend, at least Dawson’s version. It made the book interesting and made me want to keep reading. Admittedly, bits of the story were obvious and at times it was predictable, but it was still interesting to see the story unfold.
But what I liked most about this book was something that I was not expecting, the diversity in it. I guessed that there would probably be some LGBTQ+ representation in this book given that Juno Dawson is Trans and from my knowledge, most if not all of her books feature some sort of LGBTQ+ representation. In this book this element is subtle. There is one character who is hinted at being homosexual, but that’s about it. but this is nice to see. Even just a subtle mention, slipped into a book, is so much better than nothing at all. But this I was expecting, what I didn’t realise going into this was that the main relationship in the book features a person of colour. And they don’t make a big deal out of it. it is just a really sweet teen relationship. And I love that. this doesn’t happen in YA nearly as much as it should.
I was also surprised by some of the secondary storylines in this book. For instance, there is bullying, teen pregnancy, murder, a student teacher relationship (that is not glorified!) and so much more. there is a lot going on in this book. So many smaller storylines weaved together to all contribute to the main one. I liked that there was so much going on. It really kept the story moving and kept it from stagnating.
Overall I did enjoy this book. It was spooky and weird, it was creepy and unnerving but also it featured some really good characters. I really liked the main trio in this story and I am very happy with how the book played out.
4 out of 5
And there we have it. I am now going to go and cover every mirror in my house. Have you read this one? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.