Review : Conversion by Katherine Howe

“It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.
First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago .” (goodreads)

i was expecting so much from this book. the storyline sounded so epic, i wanted to read this book since it came out.
but i was disappointed.
my main problem with this book was the characters. Colleen Rowley is so boring. i could have got over her very boring voice if she was not also judgmental, annoying, immature, irritating, competitive and the worst friend ever. the more i think about it, the more i see Colleen as a terrible main character. i didn’t care about her at all. Even the side characters were empthy, they are all clichés and without personality. that is the first thing that killed the book for me.
the other thing was that the writer had an awesome idea but doesn’t focus on it. most of the book is about how stressful the life of these teenagers are. it all about friendship, romance, college and just a little bit a witchcraft. i know Howe wanted to show how hard being a teenager can be, but i really felt like nothing was happening. The book didn’t develop into something creepy. the ending was very disappointing. i enjoyed the jumps in time but i was hoping it would actually get to something. At the end, it just two completely differents stories in one book. The build up was okay but the final conclusion was uneventful.
Conversion could’ve been an amazing book and it’s not that i hated it, just think that something was missing from the story to make it interesting…

Conversion : 2.5/5


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