Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Having lost my dad when I was 19, I’m always struck & moved by YA books that talk grief & the feelings & emotions that come with it.
Ashley Schumacher’s The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway is a heartwarming tale set in the world of the Renaissance Faire—where new things are made to look old, a young girl can grow up with two loving parents & then one, & that same girl can one day randomly become a Ren Faire princess.
Watching Gwen develop more confidence in her body & in herself as the book progresses is another mark in this book’s favor, as is her relationship with Arthur, the irrepressible & kind son of the owners who is also somewhat insecure about his own appearance.
If you’re looking for a book that handles the loss of a parent & finding your way after that loss in a soft & lovely way, check this one out
4⭐️. Out 03/14.
CW: Reference to parental judgement (grandparents). Reference to homophobia. Grief over losing a parent.
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