My 2 cents:
Meredith Towbin's new YA novel, Straight Jacket, is sit-on-the-edge-of -your-seat, double-take good. So well written, it is almost impossible to believe this is Towbin's first novel.
Straight Jacket takes us straight to a hospital psychiatric unit where readers meet Anna, a lovely eighteen-year-old only child, who experiences crippling panic attacks and is severely abused by her picture-perfect parents; and Caleb, a young artist who believes he is an angel sent to earth to help Anna heal. The brilliant thing about Towbin is that she steps back, and lets her characters take over.
Readers are given the rare opportunity to make up their own minds about Caleb and Anna, and what's real and not real. A beautiful story, Straight Jacket is funny, poignant, eye-opening, tender and deeply provocative.
Length: 264 pages
Worth Your Time? So worth your time! For you and your teen. This book will have you thinking and talking long after you've read the last page.
Bonus: Annie Melton's artsy cover.