Signs of Martha

*I received Signs of Martha by Sarah Raymond as a submission for YABA

One problem with this novel is that the back cover tells you just about the whole story, so there are zero surprises. There are no twists, which is a shame because an artistic character like Martha should have some twists in her life. I think Raymond did a good job at portraying the frustrations of rural teens. Martha feels trapped by her boyfriend’s plans, and I think is justifiably wigged when he makes a big purchase without consulting her. Martha doesn’t have much opportunity to explore her options or develop a voice of her own, so I understand why she lashed out with her art. I felt like the plot made for an interesting start to a story, but not a story in itself. I wanted more to come of everything. I wanted more emotion from John. I wanted Martha to speak up. I wanted more…

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