Friday, 5 May 2017

Book Review: The State of Grace | Rachael Lucas

It’s about time we have more books about individuals who feel they are a little different from what society considers ‘the norm’. In particular I feel that the YA book market is just now beginning to see a wonderful array of books that allow us to be comfortable with what makes us different, and that our individual quirks and eccentricities are what make us who we are. So you can imagine my happiness when one of my favourite romantic fiction authors Rachael Lucas, had written her first YA book.

The State of Grace is about a teenage girl (Grace) how just happens to be autistic, and what that means for her finding her way through the world. Now as teens we all remember what it was like to feel different and misunderstood and how the pressure of being ‘cool’ was paramount to teenage survival. What Grace has to contend with is not only the stereotypical teenage stuff but also the idea that being autistic changes how you view yourself and unfortunately how the rest of the world treats you.

Grace is a wonderfully written character who comes to life from the beginning and you instantly feel a connection to her. Regardless whether you may or may not be autistic, what makes Grace so wonderful is that when it all comes down to it she is intrinsically human. There is no rule book for life, yet Grace feels like she is the only one who never got handed a set of instructions on how to navigate life. I love Grace’s awkwardness, and I love that she is a geek, it makes me feel even as a 32 year old male, that it is perfectly OK to be awkward and geeky and that made me feel so much better about myself.

This book is a must read for EVERYONE. It really is that simple. This book is a perfectly written story but not only that, it also helps to understand that at the end of the day, despite our differences we are all the same in that we just want to get through each day as a regular human being. Every character in this book has a wonderful purpose, and really put into perspective the way Grace has to live her life as a teenage girl and a human being who just happens to be autistic.

I loved this book, it was heart-warming, informative and an all-round wonderful read.

I gave this book a fab 10/10

Sometimes I feel like everyone else was handed a copy of the rules for life and mine got lost.
Grace has Asperger's and her own way of looking at the world. She's got a horse and a best friend who understand her, and that's pretty much all she needs. But when Grace kisses Gabe and things start to change at home, the world doesn't make much sense to her any more. Suddenly everything threatens to fall apart, and it's up to Grace to fix it on her own.
Whip-smart, hilarious and unapologetically honest, The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas is a heart-warming story of one girl trying to work out where she fits in, and whether she even wants to.

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About the Author: Rachael Lucas lives by the seaside with her partner (who is also a writer) in a rambling Victorian house full of books, children and spiders. She wrote her first novel on a typewriter when she was only eleven, and bundled it up and sent it off to a publisher called Pan Books, who published her favourite authors. It was very kindly rejected, but they told her to keep writing, so she did. 
Some years later (quite a few years, actually) her debut novel SEALED WITH A KISS became a bestseller, reaching the Amazon top 10. Bestselling romantic comedies COMING UP ROSES and WILDFLOWER BAY followed this. 

Rachael's young adult novel THE STATE OF GRACE will be published by Macmillan Children's Books in April 2017 with other countries to follow. You can find out more about Rachael at her website - 
For a behind the scenes look at the planning boards for her books you can visit, and see photos on Instagram @rachaellucas you can also find her tweeting @karamina (usually when she has a book deadline).