Title: Just Claire
Author: Jean Ann Williams
Genre: Young Adult
ClaireLee’s life changes when she must take charge of her siblings and depressed mother, and she finds relief in the lies she tells herself and others. Frightened by the changes in Mama, ClaireLee just knows she’ll catch her illness like a cold or flu that hangs on through winter. Deciding she needs to re-invent herself, she sets out to impress a group of popular girls.
At the slip of an untruth, she deceives her way into the Lavender Girls Club. Though, her best friend Belinda will not be caught with the likes of such shallow puddles. ClaireLee drifts further from honesty, her friend, and a broken mother’s love, until one very public night. The spotlight is on her, and she finds her courage and faces the truth and then she saves a life.
Just Claire…or just the Book of Job for young adults 🙂
First let me say, the touching acknowledgement brought tears to my eyes and I offer my sincere condolences to the author for the loss of her son.
The book was not an easy read. Let me say also the book was very well written and really puts the reader in the time and place clearly. The style is one that draws in the reader and makes him/her feel for ClaireLee. I loved the character ClaireLee and only wanted her to find some happiness. Lolly is probably my fave character; Lolly really saw the world through the eyes of an innocent 3-year-old and it was incredibly well done.
Now the suffering and trauma that ClaireLee suffered seemed never-ending and with her plaintive prayers to the Lord for help it really reminded me of the Book of Job. How much did ClaireLee have to suffer? Almost every positive thing that came about for her was immediately followed with a terrible negative that destroyed the positive.
The bully Kaye was a horrible, hateful, evil character. If a parent knows of a horrible sub-human who is bullying in their social circle, then this book is key to read to children to let them understand how evil and vicious and low-character bullies are. I would have thought a positive end for Kaye would have been her struck dead by a truck… alas, that only happened in my mind.
If you wish for your young adult to understand life is made up of challenges and you must just keep battling, then this is a good book. A very hard book about a really sweet girl who really deserved a nicer life.
My Rating: 3.5 stars
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Jean Ann Williams has published over one hundred articles and short stories for children and adults. JUST CLAIRE is her first book.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N