Under the Mesquite

By Cara, Teen Lit Rocks

When I first realized this book was written in free verse, I worried that the form would make the story difficult to follow. I am very happy to say my fears were unfounded. Moreover, this captivating book evoked a range of emotions astonishingly complex for such a quick read. McCall’s words brought me back to my own difficult teenage years and the complicated relationship between my mother and I. A beautiful but sometimes painful read. I can’t say enough good things about this book. I loved it.