Synopsis According to Goodreads:
"Nalena Maxwell has been branded ‘The Waste’ at her new school, due to her mom's obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately wants something to change in her life, but when she receives a sign (and it's the wrong dang one) inviting her into a mysterious, ancient community, too much changes. What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable. Seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena's life and it is the boy...the one that smiles at her like he wants to hear everything she'll ever say...that already knows her powerful secrets. But it is only Nalena that can choose between protecting the life that is already crumbling beneath her feet and the one that might sacrifice everything she could ever have."
With a great idea, a solid protagonist voice, and plenty of quirky one-liners, Cornerstone swept me along from start to finish in about a week. I hear she's releasing a sequel....I hope so! I'm half in love with Garrett my own self, and the way authors handle grief and change of identity in teens fascinates me.
The writing is solid and well-paced, without any noticeable slow downs. There were a few minor contradictions, but she writes raw sensation so well that I hardly noticed them. Nali is a great voice- compassionate, independent, strong-willed, and very real. And there are some passages and comments that I want to get embroidered and hang on my wall. I'm very glad Provencher worked to make this novel see the light of day. I'd say it has slightly Christian leanings, which would normally turn me off (not being Christian and not liking dogmatic rhetoric), but it's more spiritual than Christian. And the idea IS pretty nifty.
I recommend this one for fans of YA, both contemporary and fantastical, though the setting is contemporary. This makes a great poolside/beach/vacation read!
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