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This book just meets the requirements for Flashback Friday but I was recently talking to someone about this book and I wanted to include it in the feature because this was one of my favorites of 2016. If you haven’t picked this one up yet, you need to read it now. The characters, the story, the feels…all of it made this an amazing book to read and had me thinking about it long after I turned the last page.
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
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Published by Random House Children's Books on June 6th 2017
Genres: Coming of Age, Friendship, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.
The only antidote to all this venom is his friendship with fellow outcasts Travis and Lydia. But as they are starting their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. The end of high school will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is happy wherever he is thanks to his obsession with the epic book series Bloodfall and the fangirl who may be turning his harsh reality into real-life fantasy. Dill’s only escapes are his music and his secret feelings for Lydia—neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending—one that will rock his life to the core.