Winter Town by Stephen Emond
My name is Jasmine. I am 11 years old and live in Ketchum, Idaho. I love ski racing, snow/winter, and many other fun things.
Winter Town by Stephen Emond, is a novel based around two teens, Evan and Lucy. Evan and Lucy did everything together when they were young: drew comic slides, read lots of fantasy, made up life stories for the grave’s occupants in the neighborhood cemetery, and walked the streets endlessly talking of anything and everything. They were inseparable. That is until Lucy’s parents divorced and she was forced to move to Atlanta. Every year Evan looks forward to her year round visit at Christmas time.
This year, when Lucy arrives back in town, she doesn’t look, or act anything like Evan remembers. Lucy is like a whole new goth version of herself. At first Evan and Lucy get off to a bad start. However Evan starts to realize she is her old self deep down. Lucy seems to fold in on herself, hide under her new exterior and act like a new Lucy. So what, exactly, is Lucy hiding? What happened to her over the last year that could potentially break her and Evan apart?
Winter Town is told from two different perspectives, and has Evans comic drawings between each chapter. I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked how there was a lot of growth in the characters and the change between Lucy and Evans’ feelings about each other. However I didn’t love that the overall theme of the book kept changing. What I mean by this is one moment it would be romance the next it would be accepting change, yet they did not combine it. Wintertown is perfect for anyone who loves a feel good book on a cold wintery day.