Coming of Age in Canada: Even Weirder Than Before by Susie Taylor

An exciting post today! I have recently started as a youth ambassador at Nimbus Publishing for their Digitally Lit initiative! Over the next few months I will be sharing all sorts of different content surrounding some local (Atlantic Canadian) books, including this one, Even Weirder Than Before!

I am very proud to be Nova Scotian and incredibly excited to be able to blend my love of book blogging, bookstagramming and Atlantic Canada for this new position. Every few weeks I will be posting on here and/or Instagram to talk about a different Atlantic Canadian read, and I am so pleased to finally talk more about what reading local means to me.

To start off though, I want to share some info about the book!

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Title: Even Weirder Than Before

Author: Susie Taylor

Pages: 264

GenresYoung Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: May 30, 2019

Published by: Breakwater Books

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Daisy’s job is to be as unobtrusive as possible. But when her father suddenly leaves and her mother breaks down, Daisy’s old life disappears, and she is set free in the rift created between her parents. Susie Taylor’s sharp, quick-witted prose carries Daisy through a family cataclysm, relationships with boys, and her increasingly confusing feelings towards girls, especially Wanda. A refreshingly perceptive and honest debut, Even Weirder Than Before explores the nature of family, friendships, and sexual awakenings—and introduces one of Newfoundland’s most exciting new writers.

My Thoughts: 

Even Weirder than Before was one of the most creative contemporaries I’ve read in a long time, but also, one of the most simple. It is creative in that you see Daisy grow up from middle school through high school, something I don’t think I have ever seen in a contemporary before.

On the other hand though, its simplicity lies in the mundane of the every day. There is no major overarching conflict that needs to be solved by the end of the book, but rather, you get snip-its of Daisy’s live over the course of about 5 years. From the divorce of her parents, the friendship drama of an eighth grader, a first boyfriend, a babysitting job, sneaking out etc. All stuff that almost everyone reading could relate to to some extent. The format of the book never made it feel slow, but rather really made you connect with Daisy, as well as a lot of the side characters. Where it remains simple in its plot, it truly makes you feel as though these characters are living their lives directly in front of you.


A few years ago when I was first getting started in the online book community, I really wanted to read more Canadian lit, but I struggled to find any other members of the YA community that posted about books by Canadian authors, and at the time I only owned 1 book that was by a Canadian (The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow).

Thankfully now, I have seen a change in that more and more Canadian YA authors promoted online. Because of this, I have been able to find some of my favourite books/authors, such as Toronto based author S.K Ali who has wrote one of my favourite 2017 releases, Saints & Misfits. 

Being a youth ambassador for Nimbus will allow me to read even more Canadian lit, and more specifically, Atlantic Canadian lit, which is especially important to me as I am Nova Scotian. The opportunity to be someone to promote, discuss, and think critically about these books that reflect my home and the landscape I grew up in means a lot.

When so much of the online book community is centred on American novels, it is important to me to be aware of this. Although there is nothing wrong with reading American books, I do want to make sure that I am reading a range of books from other countries, cultures and voices, as well as trying to read books that reflect the world I grew up in.

Do you have a favourite YA book by a Canadian author? I’m always on the lookout for more to check out!


Do check out Even Weirder Than Before if it seems like something you would be interested in!

You can also read more about Digitally Lit on the website here!

thank you so much for reading ❤

Wren

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