emancipated

Title: Emancipated
Author: M.G. Reyes
Release Date: 05/26/2015
Reviewed by: Willa

This book is definitely a unique one.

I’ve always been fascinated by emancipation, and this book shows both the good and bad of being emancipated. The fact that you have to clean your own house? Bad. The fact that your parents aren’t around telling you when to go to bed? Good. In Emancipated, these six teenagers turned housemates become their own family. They help each other to reach their dreams, confront their fears, and tell the truth.

John-Michael was by far my favorite character from the cast. He’s funny, insightful, and definitely the most complex character. When his homophobic father dies, John-Michael is left with the money from the will but no family. He’s reeling from the details of his father’s death and is keeping secrets from his roommates, so when his world comes crashing down, he has to decide how much he’s going to share. John-Michael kept me reading honestly; I wanted to know how everything turned out for him.

The rest of the characters annoyed me a little bit because many of them seemed fairly stereotypical, but not so much that I didn’t enjoy the story. The friendship that builds between them was definitely a highlight and made up for their slightly stereotypical personalities as individuals. This book, in many ways, is about friendship, and I loved that part of it.

As far as the storyline, it’s drama-filled. The story bounces between points of view so you get a little taste of the secrets that every character is hiding, but you can’t quite piece it all together. There are little details missing, and once those come to light everything clicks. It’s the ending that killed me! Major cliff-hanger, but Reyes has no plans for a sequel. (Although I’m not sure what would be done in a sequel, so I’m kind of happy with the way it ended.)

This book is definitely one for the drama lover. If you love a good drama and a friendship story, you should definitely get your hands on this one!