‘Daredevils’ by Shawn Vestal is one of those books that pops up now and then with one purpose, and one purpose only: to hit you right in the face.
And we mean this in the best possible way. ‘Daredevils’ gets it right on so many levels. Which, considering it’s set in 1970s America, in a Mormon community, it could have been a difficult thing to pull off
but what you’re getting with this book is darn good storytelling.
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Loretta is a great character to follow. She’s one teen that’s had it with the Mormon life she’s been given and she yearns for more. For escape. For the world.
There are parts told from Loretta’s POV, however, that might not suit some readers. So this is where we say that ‘Daredevils’ is grittier and edgier in places than what you might expect from your usual YA read.
This is essential, however, considering the situation and what the characters must go through. It is especially important for Loretta, as it helps us see her change and growth more fully.
Jason is the other POV and we enjoyed the heck out of his sections too. Even though it is set in the 70s, he feels like any other slightly fumbling teenage boy, which was fantastic.
All of the characters, in fact, are very alive on the page. Not forgetting Evel Knievel himself, as takes the spotlight in certain moments throughout the book.
It’s a very fitting analogy. The fact that Evel Knievel is taking a risk, a leap of faith, to inspire others and to do something that totally beats the odds.
And this is exactly how Loretta and Jason find themselves. Taking a leap of faith, high stakes, high risk, but also thrilling and new and exciting.
We don’t want to give too much more away, but we will say that in ‘Daredevils’ Shawn Vestal has made a stunningly detailed and carefully thought of coming-of-age story. A story that can educate and excite. And a set of characters that will stick with you long after reading.
So, do you want a copy? To be entered into the giveaway all you have to do is follow us @maximumpopbooks and RT the following tweet. Then fill in the little form at the bottom and BOSH! You’re entered.
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