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YA Memoir Review: Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler

Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler is a YA memoir about the author’s struggles as a teenager to find his place in his conservative religious family.

This is an absolutely stunning book. Every page is so vivid and realistic, it’s almost like the author actually had his teenaged self write this book. Even though I am not white, male, Christian, or gay, (and let’s face it, I’m definitely not a teenager anymore) I found this book so heartfelt, engaging, and most of all relatable. I have no idea how the author found the strength to pour himself onto the page like this, but I’m so glad he did.


What writers can take away from this book:

–writing emotional, intensely personal scenes –writing a book that’s a little light on plot and still having it be incredibly compelling (I could not put down this book, yet I couldn’t tell you what the plot was exactly.) –writing awkward teenage romance without it being awkward for the reader

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the e-book directly from the author’s agency.

The book will be out in a few weeks so pre-order from Amazon or your local indie bookstore!

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