This book takes place back in 2001 when our country was devastated by the tragedy of 9/11. The story follows Jessica and her family in the months leading up to the tragedy and in the days after.
Jessica comes from a Christian home, her parents came to faith at young ages and raised both Jessica and her sister to know God. So when the planes hit the World Trade Center, and Jessica’s dad is missing, her faith is tested as she tries to find out where her dad is and why this is happening.
Though the premise of the story was good, I found the book to just… fall flat. The characters were one-dimensional and didn’t grow in any way when faced with this tragedy. There was no struggle of faith for the characters either, from what I noticed. I feel that in a tragedy such as that, there would be more of a test of faith for Jessica and her family in that maybe they’d struggle just a little more during this time.
Just as well, the pacing of the story was kind of shifty in my opinion. It built up nicely, knowing that soon these characters were about go through a major event. And even after the attacks on the Twin Towers happened, there wasn’t a rush and it still felt like the story was going along well… then the end just seemed rushed to wrap up nicely and be done.
It was very disappointing how this book turned out, especially as this is a Christian fiction novel for middle-grade/young adults. Honestly, there needs to be more captivating and inspriational teen fiction in the Christian category, and this one missed its chance to do that.
Rating: 2 stars