Reviewed by Darcie Gudger
Bad Idea by Todd & Jedd Hafer
"...the brothers Hafer have crafted a literary work of art. Beautiful language, humor, foreshadow, metaphor - it's all in there."
Griffin Smith is off to college along with his best friend, dad and dad’s twenty-something fiancé. Along the way between the Midwest and Southern California, Griffin’s relationships are tested to the breaking point.
On a detour trip to visit his estranged mother, Griffin finds the body of his mother’s stepson. The boy he spoke to hours prior lay dead. Suicide. Badly shaken, Griffin realizes hanging on to grudges would get him nowhere. Forgiveness looked to be a better option.
Bad Idea breaks new ground in Young Adult fiction-especially in the Christian publishing realm. This coming of age novel lays bare the reality of life for many teens. The plot evolves organically as the Smith’s Durango eats up the miles. Raw emotion cuts into the heart of the reader through Griffin’s narrative voice. Any reader, regardless of age, can’t help but experience the internal conflict raging inside Griffin.
Don’t think for a moment that Bad Idea is a heavy read. Yes, the themes are deep, the angst is there, but the humor… Oh. My! The Hafer brothers know how to make a funny. Griffin’s unusual perspective and dry wit made me laugh out loud. I dare you to try and keep a straight face while reading this book.
Aside from creating one of the most memorable teen characters I’ve come across this year reviewing YA, the brothers Hafer crafted a literary work of art. Beautiful language, humor, foreshadow, metaphor – it’s all in there. Teachers and parents, I urge you to lobby for adding this tome to your local high school’s reading curriculum.
Bad Idea is one of the BEST ideas out there for teen readers.
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Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.