Realistic fiction is a unique genre in YA because it illustrates challenging situations you may not have personally experienced but connects you to emotions you have. Whether it's uncovering life-altering secrets, making a tough choice, coming to terms with your sexuality or finding your voice, realistic fiction addresses themes relevant to real life. To highlight some of their fantastic realistic fiction, Macmillan established their ReaLITy program. Our Teen Board decided to check out these reads and respond to them in this blog series.
Which ReaLITy Reads book did you read?
I read SECOND IMPACT by David and Perri Klass.
In a couple of sentences, how would you describe this book to your friends?
SECOND IMPACT is a fast-paced, realistic fiction written in the dual POVs of Carla Jenson and Jerry Downing, detailing the long term effects of brain injuries caused by contact sports.
Intriguing, fast-paced and unique
What was your favorite part?
My favorite part was the emails exchanged between Carla and Jerry. There, I felt like I really got to know the characters, and I enjoyed seeing what went on behind the scenes of their blog.
Did you have a favorite character and if so, what did you like about him/her?
I really admired Carla. Although she’s impulsive and at times reckless, she’s determined, which is a quality I admire a lot about people.
What did you take away from reading it?
On the technical side, I learned that head injuries that are often received in contact sports have long term effects, no matter how serious (or not serious) they may be. On the other hand, I also learned that sometimes you have to stand up for yourself and others, even though other people may disagree with you.
Who would you recommend it to?
I would recommend this book to both boys and girls who like novels that deal with serious, real-life issues we encounter today.