BLM Book Fairies: a book review of What Momma Left Me

Our 13th choice for BLM Book Fairies is What Momma Left Me by RenΓ©e Watson. Read more about the book and our review!

A Book Fairy review:

This book was very easy to read although it takes up very difficult topics. The author takes heavy, difficult subjects and brings them to a young readers audience in a sensitive and appropriate way.  It is a story of a young teenage girl who’s had a difficult childhood.  It is about tragedy and pain by losing family members and friends way too soon, about violence, murder and abuse and how to deal with this, and about how choices change your life in a good or bad way.

I liked that the story was told through the eyes of a thirteen year old girl who tells the story like she would write in her diary. She feels very authentic and the story feels real. I like that she is not the perfect teenage girl you might expect as she is living in a very religious community.  She’s falling in love with the wrong boy , having faith that people can change but starting to question God at some point.

For me the main message was that you need to speak up even though it might be difficult some times. Keeping secrets can lead to more pain, even if you think keeping a secret protects others.

About the book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Piecing Me Together, a 2018 Newbery Honor Book and a Coretta Scott King Author Award-winner.

Serenity knows she is good at keeping secrets, and she’s got a whole lifetime’s worth of them. Her mother is dead, her father is gone, and she and her brother have to start over again by moving in with their grandparents. At first, things seem like they could be good: a new friend, a new church, a new school. But when her brother seems to be going down the wrong path, the old fears set in. Will he end up like their dad? Will she end up like their mum? In this exquisite coming of age story, Serenity discovers it is the power of love that keeps you sure of who you are, and who you will become.

Get your hands on a copy:

You can find this book at all good book shops (or ask them to order one in!) as well as on the Bloomsbury Books website here.

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