Tess of the Road resounds with a message of endurance, and surprisingly enough, I had to use that lesson to get through this book.
Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman, is about a young girl, Tess, who runs away from her home when her family threatens to send her to a nunnery. She runs into an old friend, Pathka, who also happens to be a type of dragon. She and Pathka then journey across the kingdoms, meeting new people, making new memories and running into all sorts of trouble.
According to pop culture, movies, TV shows, and music, high school is supposed to be a time of newfound freedom and revelation for young adolescents. It is supposed to be a time where young adults learn how to reason on their own and learn how to be responsible for their own actions. With the advancement of technology and the rise of the “helicopter parent,” this essential rite of passage is becoming a lot more challenging to obtain.
Helicopter parenting revolves around the idea of knowing where the teenager is at all times and what he/she is doing. It has become a largely common practice by more modern parents with the help of apps like Life360 and tracker devices on teen drivers cars. With these devices, parents are able to see the fastest speed the child drove, how many times they stopped or accelerated too fast, along with constantly being able to view the teenager’s location.
It’s not easy to hate people when they’re simply only human. The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater, resonates with this message. In Oakland, California, Sasha and Richard are riding the bus after school when Richard sets Sasha’s skirt on fire. The book shows that even though Richard committed a wrongful act, he’s still human and makes mistakes. The aftermath’s effects, not only for those involved, but also their family members and peers are also described.