Plain Kate

Plain Kate - Erin Bow Omg, this book DESTROYED ME. Seriously, I haven't cried because of a book like that sense I was 8 and Leslie had died in Bridge to Terabithia...
I can't overstate how much I love her writing. Erin Bow's writing is simplistic in the best possible way. Her writing brings to mind authors like Kate DiCamillo (The Tale of Despereaux), Mary Lawson (although she doesn't write YA novels) and Kathi Appelt (The Underneath). To me this makes her writing all the more powerful. And while her writing may be simplistic, her plot and character depth is certainly not. It makes the brutality of the witch hunts all the more realistic. Her writing also allows for her to allude to the dark and sinister without talking about it outright which, in a juvenile novel, I think is quite a feat and in some ways makes the experience all the more terrifying.
I would definitely DEFINITELY recommend this book. There is a touch of romance, although it does end in heartbreak.