Review: Rabbit Ears by Maggie de Vries

Title: Rabbit Ears
Author: Maggie DeVries
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Young adult, contemporary, abuse
Links: GoodReads

Wow… I haven’t read a book like this in a very long time. Books like this make me realise how fluffy and shallow a lot of young adult books are. Because this… This was haunting, powerful, devastating and unlike anything I’ve devoured in… well, ever.

Blurb:
Kaya is adopted, multiracial, grieving the death of her father—and carrying a painful secret. Feeling ill at ease with her family and in her own skin, she runs away repeatedly, gradually disappearing into a life of addiction and sex work. Meanwhile, her sister, Beth, escapes her own troubles with food and a rediscovered talent for magic tricks. Though both girls struggle through darkness and pain, they eventually find their way to a moment of illumination and healing.

What I didn’t like about it:
Rabbit Ears is written in alternating points of view. Kaya’s sections were written in second person and Beth’s were written in first. I didn’t hate the style, but there were a couple of times I found myself backtracking because the sudden changes were a little jarring. That said, I couldn’t imagine this book being written in any other way.

I guess another minor dislike was that while I loved this book, it isn’t the sort of story I’d read over and over again. It isn’t a book that makes you feel good about the world and fall in love with life. This is the sort of story that makes you think, and in my case, appreciate my good fortune that I never had to go through what Kaya or her family did.

What I liked about it:
The authors writing… wow. From the very first page it was incredibly visual. I devoured this book in one sitting and at 158 pages, it’s a short but intense read.

Kaya was like a car crash waiting to happen and I loved how her life and past were slowly revealed. In some deep part of my mind I’d always wondered how people end up with a life in drugs and prostitution, and I thought Kaya’s story was incredibly moving. I believed every single word.

Overall, I loved this book. It dealt with an incredibly intense subject in a powerful and moving way. This book will stay with me for a while!

My Verdict – 4.5 stars – highly recommended.

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16 Responses to Review: Rabbit Ears by Maggie de Vries

  1. The Laughable Cheese says:

    Thank you. That sounds really interesting.

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  2. The Laughable Cheese says:

    Thank you. That sounds really interesting.

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  3. janceewright says:

    This sounds really good! Adding it to my TBR right now!

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  4. janceewright says:

    This sounds really good! Adding it to my TBR right now!

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  5. Cat Amesbury says:

    I had the privilege of meeting Maggie DeVries when she was speaking about the real inspiration for “Rabbit Ears”. If you are able, I would highly recommend tracking down some of her non-fiction work about her sister, on whom Kaya is based. Maggie DeVries is an incredibly talented writer and the work that she has done to raise awareness has been invaluable.

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  6. Cat Amesbury says:

    I had the privilege of meeting Maggie DeVries when she was speaking about the real inspiration for “Rabbit Ears”. If you are able, I would highly recommend tracking down some of her non-fiction work about her sister, on whom Kaya is based. Maggie DeVries is an incredibly talented writer and the work that she has done to raise awareness has been invaluable.

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  7. Maggie is a colleague of mine, but I have to confess, I haven’t read this latest title yet. I definitely will, now!

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  8. Maggie is a colleague of mine, but I have to confess, I haven’t read this latest title yet. I definitely will, now!

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  9. Bookgirl says:

    It appears that writing this novel DeVries delved deep into her own life, often this is when the best writing is formed. Sometimes i get caught in creating a complex world or plot that a small story told well and from the heart would be so much better.

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  10. Bookgirl says:

    It appears that writing this novel DeVries delved deep into her own life, often this is when the best writing is formed. Sometimes i get caught in creating a complex world or plot that a small story told well and from the heart would be so much better.

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  11. I feel like some movies are like that. The experience is something you will remember forever, but it’s so dark you can’t bring yourself to see (or read in this case) it again. Those are the ones I remember though, the ones that made a lasting impact.

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  12. I feel like some movies are like that. The experience is something you will remember forever, but it’s so dark you can’t bring yourself to see (or read in this case) it again. Those are the ones I remember though, the ones that made a lasting impact.

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  13. Bobbi says:

    Sounds interesting… Some subjects one may be out of their comfort zone when beginning the read, but finds oneself drawn in because the story is true-to-life.

    I’m reading Code of the Hills. It was written by a woman my husband went to school with. It’s about the secrets of incest and one lawyers quest to free the innocent victims. I just started reading this book; although an uncomfortable subject, I find the contents intriguing.

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  14. Bobbi says:

    Sounds interesting… Some subjects one may be out of their comfort zone when beginning the read, but finds oneself drawn in because the story is true-to-life.

    I’m reading Code of the Hills. It was written by a woman my husband went to school with. It’s about the secrets of incest and one lawyers quest to free the innocent victims. I just started reading this book; although an uncomfortable subject, I find the contents intriguing.

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  15. kataar says:

    Your review has convinced me to buy this one 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

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  16. kataar says:

    Your review has convinced me to buy this one 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

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