World of the Innocent by Nadine C. Keels
May 23, 2017
Christian Contemporary YA Romance
“Are you ready to love this young man?” Jhoi: she’s poetic. She’s guarded. And she couldn’t imagine having much to do with a guy like Marcas. Sure, Marcas is a brilliant fellow artist, admired by plenty of fans. But he’s so remarkably…strange. Still, Marcas touches Jhoi’s soul. And through the counsel of a shrewd old neighbor, Jhoi will discover a link between intimate friendship and becoming a steward of an era. A tale of love, enduring belief, and the meaning of innocence—based on a true story.
A friend is “another you.”
A Christian contemporary YA novel with a new take on the meaning of innocence. I found some of the dialogue confusing or awkward and not a smooth read until midway through. The growth of the characters came through and the story is packed with emotions as the friendship blossoms. I appreciated their respect for their differences/strangeness. I liked that the main female character embraced her weirdness as she was transitioning into womanhood. Good message that young adults “…don’t have to wait till we’re old before we’re worth being taken seriously. We have so much to work with already.”