Review: Caprice by Coe Booth


By: Coe Booth
256 Pages
Published May 17, 2022
Source: NetGalley

Synopsis from GoodReads: 

From the groundbreaking author of Tyrell, an astonishing middle-grade novel about a girl overcoming the secrets and abuse of her past.

This should be an exciting time for Caprice. She has been offered a place at the school of her dreams, where she's just had a fantastic summer. But this great opportunity coincides with a lot of internal doubt and the disturbing news that her long-estranged grandmother has fallen ill and may be near death. As Caprice tries to figure out her future, she is pulled back toward her past, and the abuse she endured from her uncle when she was little -- an abuse she's never told anyone about.

With extreme sensitivity and honesty for middle-grade readers, Coe Booth has written a painful but ultimately healing novel about finding support from your parents and friends, articulating your truth, and choosing your own path.

Bahni Turpin is one of my favorite narrators so I jumped at the chance to listen to Caprice by Coe Booth. While this is my first book of hers, it will not be my last. I loved the depth of characters, especially the main character Caprice. I felt myself empathizing with her throughout the story. What should be one of the happiest times of her life turns out to be one of the most difficult as she decides which path to take. The story begins with her return from a summer at her dream school and with her estranged grandmother falling ill. As she decides whether or not to return to the school in the fall, she must first return home. While there she struggles to make sense of the abuse she endured while deciding if she should speak out or not. Be true to herself or not. I love the sensitivity and honesty used in this book along with the messaging that you should tell. Being honest, while difficult, is freeing and the best way to heal. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you, NetGalley.


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