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“We’re fighters….Whether we’re making crops or sales or dress designs; we’re made of the same stuff. It’s a tough fiber, and it can withstand all the things that weigh us down and make us nearly give up.” (p. 192)
Tough is a good word to describe the things that Tray Dunaway must face in Debra Coleman Jeter’s novel The Ticket. At first, I thought this was a young adult novel dealing with typical young adult problems. Fourteen is a tough age! Then I realize that Tray’s family is dealing with a lot more than the typical dysfunction of family life. When the lottery ticket comes into the picture, everything seems to be magnified ten-fold!
The lottery win is dealt with in a totally unexpected way, and Tray must work out her own identity as she is almost simultaneously embraced and rejected by peers with dollar signs in their eyes. They she deals with the underbelly of her best friend’s family while also dealing with one of the most horrific violations perpetrated by an adult onto a child. This novel throws some very unexpected and heavy blows to the reader’s heart and mind!
Jeter deals with many universal scenarios that all young people face – body image, crushes, friendships - but she kicks up the reality a notch and makes the reader gasp at the depth of strength and love that can exist in a family – side by side with some pretty brutal circumstances.
This is a well-written, thought-provoking read. The tender poignancy at the end…well, just have your tissue ready!
If you'd like to read the first chapter of The Ticket, go HERE.