All the Things We Do in the Dark – Saundra Mitchell

 All the Things We Do in the Dark – Saundra Mitchell, HarperTeen, (9780062852595), 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

What did you like about the book? Ava was completely traumatized after having been raped at the age of nine.  She was also left with a long scar down the side of her face. Fortunately she has always had her best friend Syd though they seem to be drifting apart.  When Ava finds a dead teenage girl in the woods, she does not want her to be found and have to endure all that she had to following her assault.  She covers the body with snow but comes back regularly to check on her – and then she finds a boy at the body!  The killer?  Who else?  She now becomes determined to confront and expose him.  Very daring deeds for a 16-year-old on her own.

Anything you did not like about the book?  I had a hard time with Ava never telling anyone about the body she found in the woods.  I understand the author’s reasoning but it seemed too great a fact for me to accept.  It is possible that teens will understand Ava’s behavior better than I do, finding it more believable.

To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to those who like very realistic fiction about horrific events.

Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  YA fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: 2/13/2021

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