Good afternoon fellow #booklovers, today I’m reviewing A Daffodil for Angie,
by Connie Lacy, author of Time Telephone, and VisionSight– A Novel.
ISBN: 978- 0- 9996084-0-1 | Publisher: Wild Falls Publishing (2017)
| Genre: YA / Historical Fiction
‘The message of this novel will stay with me for life. A Daffodil for Angie is one of those rare literary jewels.’
Set in the late 1960s, the reader follows Angie, a teen with a beauty queen sister, controlling mother, and a father stationed in Vietnam. Connie Lacy (author) dedicated this very novel to her own father, who fought in the Vietnam war himself. In fact, the characters (especially Angie) felt so complex and relatable that it makes me wonder whether the novel’s events were also based on Lacy’s own experiences.
Angie’s school year is full of changes: the cutest jock, Craig has the hots for her, her hair has stunning blonde highlights, but that’s not all- she is about to help spark a revolution.
The reader gets an instant feel for what Lafayette High (Angie’s school) is like within the first sentence. ‘The road to popularity is paved with pompoms.’ This first sentence hooked me and make me chuckle, something not many (if any) books have managed to do.
A new year at Lafayette High also sees Angie make two new friends, Stan, an activist with scruffy hair and a great sense of humour, and Valerie, an African American girl. When Angie decides to befriend Valerie, ignoring snide comments from some of her more unfavourable peers, a revolution is sparked.
With the integration of such African American students into Lafayette High, we see a rise in racist behaviours, which Angie aims to put an immediate stop to with the help of new friend, Stan.
At the start of the book, Angie appeared more concerned with her general appearance and finding a boyfriend, but as I followed her, Stan, and Valerie’s journey of activism and self-discovery, I saw Angie transform into a young woman of true beauty and substance. We see her navigate the torture of Lafayette High and its various bullies, to be reborn as a confident young activist that aims to change the world, for the better.
Valerie is joint star of the novel, having moved into an all-white neighbourhood during a time of great oppression for African Americans of the United States. Valerie’s bravery and strength are something to be admired, as she deals with her torment in silence, in an attempt to spare her family more trouble. Valerie is such a kind and selfless young woman. Is she was based on a real person, I’d honestly want to meet her. I cannot stress enough how important and incredible a character Valerie is.
Back to Angie’s side of the story…
It was refreshing to see a character that eventually decided to shun typical fashion, so she felt more like her true self. Her character’s rebirth (as symbolized by the beautiful daffodils that grow in her home garden) is one that inspired me and will stay with me until my dying days.
The ending to this novel wrapped everything up in a neat little package. I was utterly speechless at how much this story moved me. It is a true credit to Connie Lacy, holding more raw emotional power than most probably realize.
An inspirational read that blew me away.
Without a doubt a 5 star novel.
Recommended for lovers of young adult and historical fiction.
Okay guys, that’s all from me for today. If you enjoyed this review,
then you may like my review for Frostblood, by Elly blake.
Have a pleasant day,