Conversion by Katherine Howe

Strange things are happening to the girls in Danvers, Massachusetts. Specifically, the girls at the super-competitive private school St. Joan’s Academy. One day, the most popular girl in school falls ill in the middle of class and is quickly followed by her closest friends. The world explodes with this news as more and more girls get sick. In the middle of all of this is Colleen who happens to be reading “The Crucible” for extra credit. She asks the question that no one else dares to–what if the girls are faking it?

conversion_cover__spanFirst off, I thought the cover was really cool and that’s what initially drew me to it and then I thought the premise of the book was interesting so I decided to give it a try. I haven’t read “The Crucible” but I’ve seen the movie and so I’m sort of familiar with the storyline. I thought this book had a lot of promise, but it didn’t necessarily pan out. I felt like the book had no real resolution in the end and that left things feeling unresolved.

Good things: I liked that it switched back and forth between Salem Village and Danvers. I don’t always like the back-and-forth thing in books, but I felt like it worked this time and gave the book more depth. I also liked Colleen and her family. Colleen was a really likable character to me whereas the narrator from Salem Village was not. This was actually another reason why having the different narrators was interesting. There was a big contrast between the two girls because they had very distinct voices. That just seems like something that would be hard to do for one author. So props to Ms. Howe I guess.

Overall, I thought the book was just okay. For some strange reason I was kind of scared to read it at night even though it’s not really a scary book. Something about the Salem witch trials gives me the heebie jeebies I guess. So if you’re looking for a light and happy read, this is definitely not the one for you.

Overall Rating: 3
Violence: Mild
Sexual Content: Moderate
Language: Moderate? (Sorry, I don’t quite remember! But since it’s a book about high school, I think this is a safe bet.)
Smoking/Drinking: Mild

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