Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Testify, by Valerie Sherrard- Review

Single white female for middle school/YA audiences, Testify follows Shana as she discovers her best friend Carrie is a master manipulator who's always two steps ahead of everyone.  Too bad Shana agreed to testify against Carrie's step dad, saying she witnessed him molesting Carrie when she didn't actually.

Although a good story, I didn't like Testify as much as Accomplice, the tone felt younger than I think it was actually meant for.  I couldn't put my finger on it exactly, since it was the same age group and style as Accomplice, but maybe it was because of the BFF girlfriend group.  Though it also might have been some of the stylistic choices.  I wasn't crazy about how often Sherrard referred to Shana's mom as the true crime buff.  Although pertinent I didn't feel I needed to be reminded  about it quite as much as I was.

If the ending hadn't been as sensational, I think Testify would have been an excellent book dealing with that weird BFF girl group dynamic that can get so ugly in school.  But then I suppose it wouldn't qualify as a thriller, just a coming of age story.

I didn't love Testify, it had it's moments but it wasn't as thought provoking as Accomplice, or as gripping as I would have liked for a thriller.  Still it wasn't a bad book, just not my favourite from this particular author.

Testify, by Valerie Sherrard
Published by, Dundurn Press, August 2011
My copy kindly provided by Dundurn Press
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  1. For such a short book, Testify really gives you a lot to think about & I think it gives a startling glimpse at how "good kids go bad."