“It’s just . . . why does it have to hurt so much? Why does it have to hurt at all? Why do I have to deal with this . . . stuff?”
Much thanks to NetGalley and Charlesbridge for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.
Cursed is an amazing #OwnVoices Young Adult novel that took me by surprise. We have read so many books discussing various physical and mental illness but this is a first one that revolves around juvenile arthritis.
“The only people who think of arthritis as minor aches and pains are people who don’t have it.”
Personally, I am aware of how intense the pain is because my dad suffers from gouty arthritis. He really cannot walk because of the pain and inflammation that its hard to imagine kids going through that kind of pain especially in the worse cases.
Cursed talked about the journey of Erica aka Ricky, who was bombarded with too many changes at the same time: her parent’s divorce, changing homes, changing schools, and her disease.
At first I was uncomfortable with how angry the book’s mood was. Ricky was so mad with the world that her thoughts were so heavy to read. I really struggled with that, because I tend to feel so much for characters and I was contemplating to DNF this for my mental health.
But, I wanted to understand Ricky. And I wanted to root for her. I wanted to believe that somewhere along the way she will find the balance that she needs and be happier, in general.
I am so happy that I decided to push through because I am so proud of Ricky. I won’t spoil too much, but it was a wonderful journey to read. I love that she had a great support system. Her family clearly loves her a lot. She made a good friend in Oliver, too. I love so many elements in this book, including the writing style and the support characters. I especially love the speech she made in class, and how the ending was made in general.
This is a great book, and I hope this will be required reading in middle school or high school students.
☁ THE CRITERIA ☁
🌻 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Page Turner:⭐⭐⭐⭐✩
🌻 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
☁FINAL VERDICT: 4.81/5 ☁
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