Reading level: Young Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (July 19, 2011)
The story of Lacey Anne Byers, a small town girl who is excited to star in Hell House, her church's annual haunted house of sin, until a childhood friend reappears and makes her question her faith.
I really enjoyed Small Town Sinners, It gives you a in depth look into a life of a girl growing up in an Evangelist family and community. Lacy is completely relatable whether you are religious or not. You have to put yourself in her shoes but her "voice" makes it easy to do. Life and unexpected events pop up which rocks Lacy's world and the idea behind her beliefs. I am so glad this brought up so many difficult situations some more extreme then others. It's amazing to be able to look at them unbiased opinion but when you grow up and things are so black and white it's hard to see the shades of gray that blend so easily. Lacey has the need to be perfect. Not for herself but her parents, her community, her friends, everyone but herself. It was wonderful to see Lacey grow as a person and become her own.
I can't rave about Melissa Walker's writing enough. She managed to capture great characters and write them into a splendid story. Small Town Sinners really hit the mark and would be a great addition to any bookshelf.