Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Heebie-Jeebie Girl” by Susan Petrone, Fiction Studio Books, April 2020, for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Susan Petrone, author of “The Heebie-Jeebie Girl” has written an intriguing, unique, suspenseful, and captivating novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Magical Realism, and Historical Fiction. The Historical Fiction in this book revolves around one of the worse blizzards in Ohio’s history and the closing of the largest steel mill. The timeline for this story is around 1977 and is set in Youngstown Ohio. The story goes to the past and future when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her colorful and dramatic cast of characters as complex and complicated, possibly due to the difficult circumstances. One of my favorite characters is a young girl named Hope who is rather rambunctious and precocious and is very special.
The story is told by different narrators, and even “Youngstown, Ohio” seems to have something to say about what is happening. The themes in this book also revolve around family, forgiveness, love, hope, and change. During these desperate times, people are struggling to get by. Hope seems to have some luck in lottery numbers that help her Mom and Grandmother very happy. The question of the day is it really luck?
Some of Hope’s family seem to disregard Hope’s eccentric behavior. Hope does have a secret, but not everyone wants to believe. During this tragic times, some people have dreams for a better life, but unfortunately, to have those dreams come true, there will be a tragic and devastating loss.
I would highly recommend this thought-provoking and unique novel.