Conversion by Katherine Howe
402 Pages – Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Fiction
July 1, 2014- Putnam Juvenile
Source: Penguin’s First to Read program
I was given access to a digital copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest review.
From Goodreads: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible.
It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.
First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .
Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?
Okay first I have to say that I DID NOT FINISH THIS BOOK. I can’t explain to you why I couldn’t finish this book, especially since it was one that I was really looking forward to it. I started this as a download,but wasn’t able to finish it before the download expired. I waited weeks to get it from my library and was about to buy it when I got the notification that it was ready for pick up. Now, I like the idea of the book and there were parts that were interesting. But it was taking too long to grab my attention and pull me in. I think I made it to page 137 and was debating about whether to continue with it or to come back to it. Right now, the majority of my time is spent focusing on class reading, so books that I pick up for enjoyment or for review have to grab me. Or they will go untouched for three (or more) days. This is one that I would like to come back to- eventually-sometime in the future. Colleen’s connection to either the girls experiencing the strange symptoms or to Ann the girl from the past is not clear. I think if that connection was made sooner, it would have made the reading a bit easier. But, for now I am going to have to pass on reading it. If I do pick this up later. I will update this review.