A modern take on girl-power-gone-wrong, Furious, Jill Wolfson’s latest novel, as a dark, exciting read.
The story follows Meg, a foster child who takes a lot of bs from a lot of people and seems to lack the ability to stand up for herself. She muddles through life with one friend and a mediocre existence. Until one day she decides she’s not going to take it, sort of. An outburst in the middle of history class leaves her confused and in a new circle of friends: Stephanie, Alix, and Ambrosia. Stephanie and Alix have their own axes to grind and Ambrosia is their mentor, guiding the girls along the path as the Furies. The Furies quickly rule the school and dish out justice wherever they see fit to whomever they deem deserving of it.
Gods and goddesses have been covered in almost every way possible, so I found Wolfson’s take on the Furies very refreshing. These ladies are often overlooked in updates on mythology and I can’t think of anything actually devoted to them. Their anger is palpable; you can feel it rippling off the page as they sing their song and work their magic.
Some parts of the story are a little predictable. I had no problems guessing the real identity of an undercover character and it was easy to see how certain plot points were going to work out. But, the story could have been purposely written that way to show how the Furies were blinded by their anger and unable to recognize the obvious things going on around them. The story certainly underscored a personal belief of mine: being angry takes up way too much energy, so just be positive and move on. Predictable or not, I burned through Furious’ pages, because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.
(I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology
Release Date: April 16, 2013
We were only three angry girls, to begin with. Alix, the hot-tempered surfer chick; Stephanie, the nature-loving activist; and me, Meg, the quiet foster kid, the one without a boyfriend or real family and who has never fit in anywhere.
We hardly knew one another, but each of us nurtured a burning anger: at the jerks in our class, at our disappointing parents, at the whole flawed, unfair world.
We were only three angry girls, simmering uselessly in our seaside town, until one day a mysterious and beautiful classmate taught us what else we could be: Powerful. Deadly. Furious.
Yes, that’s us. The three Greek Furies, come to life, ready to take our revenge on everyone who deserves it. And who doesn’t deserve it, really? We’re done with chances. We are angry. The Furies have come to town.
About the Author
Jill Wolfson was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After attending Temple University, she worked as a journalist for newspapers and magazines around the country, such as the Fort Lauderdale (Florida) Sun-Sentinel and San Jose (California)Mercury News. Her award-winning novels for young people include What I Call Life;Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies; Cold Hands, Warm Heart, and Furious, all published by Henry Holt.
Jill has taught writing at several universities and is a long-time volunteer in a writing program for incarcerated teens. She lives in a beach town in Northern California.