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Queer Youth BC - ARIEL CRASHES A TRAIN by Olivia A. Cole

April is National Poetry Month, and I am stoked to share a novel-in-verse from an author I discovered last year who is quickly becoming one of my favorites: Ariel Crashes A Train by Olivia A. Cole. Novels written in free verse are increasingly popular, and I think reading Olivia A. Cole's work will make you, too, an evangelist for the form.

Exploring the harsh reality of OCD and violent intrusive thoughts in stunning, lyrical writing, this novel-in-verse conjures a haunting yet hopeful portrait of a girl on the edge.

Ariel is afraid of her own mind. She already feels like she is too big, too queer, too rough to live up to her parents’ exacting expectations, or to fit into what the world expects of a “good girl.” And as violent fantasies she can’t control take over every aspect of her life, she is convinced something much deeper is wrong with her. Ever since her older sister escaped to college, Ariel isn’t sure if her careful rituals and practiced distance will be enough to keep those around her safe anymore.

Then a summer job at a carnival brings new friends into Ariel’s fractured world , and she finds herself questioning her desire to keep everyone out—of her head and her heart. But if they knew what she was really thinking, they would run in the other direction—right? Instead, with help and support, Ariel discovers a future where she can be at home in her mind and body, and for the first time learns there’s a name for what she struggles with—Obsessive Compulsive Disorder—and that she’s not broken, and not alone.

“A gorgeously kind, wonderfully gentle, and unfailingly compassionate depiction of OCD…bursting with light.”
 (Ashley Woodfolk, critically acclaimed author of NOTHING BURNS AS BRIGHT AS YOU)

 

Date:
04/25/2024
Time:
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Place:
Montana Book Company
331 N Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601-5013