Friday, 31 May 2013

Crumble by Fleur Philips

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lightning Source, SparkPoint Studio, home of BookSparks PR, and Netgalley.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Eighteen-year-old Sarah McKnight has a secret. She's in love with David Brooks. Sarah is white. David is black. But Sarah's not the only one keeping secrets in the close-knit community of Kalispell, Montana. Her father George, who owns a local gun shop and proudly drives a truck with a Confederate flag bumper sticker, hides his own complicated past. When he discovers Sarah's relationship, George decides to share his feelings with Alex Mackey-a lonely classmate of Sarah's whom George has taken under his wing. As Alex embraces the power of Sarah's father's dark hatred, the hopes and dreams of young lives hang in the balance. In just a few short months, Sarah and David will graduate from high school and leave Kalispell for a new life together in Los Angeles. Maybe in California, they can stop hiding their love-and the other secret they share...something George McKnight-and Alex Mackey-will never accept.

Crumble by Fleur Philips

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Crumble(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lightning Source, SparkPoint Studio, home of BookSparks PR, and Netgalley.)
18-year-old Sarah is in love with David, but because he is black and she is white they have to keep their relationship secret. Bi-racial couples are thought of as wrong in the town where they live, and they can’t wait to go to university in California where they will finally be able to be together.

When Sarah finds that she is pregnant though, they fear what people would say if they found out, and consider their options about what to do about the unplanned pregnancy.
Will Sarah get an abortion? Will they tell their parents? And what would everyone say if they found out?

This was good teen story about racism and love, and the problems of teenage pregnancy.

Sarah and David were obviously in love, but had to hide their feelings for one another from everyone other than David’s parents, because of racism. This was quite shocking to me, I didn’t realise that places and people like that still existed, and people’s treatment of the black kids was absolutely terrible!
Sarah and David found themselves in a very sticky situation when she found out that she was pregnant, which was bad enough without adding in the added complication of people’s views on bi-racial couples. I was once again shocked by the actions of people at the abortion clinic though, that they can be pro-life but also racist is bizarre!

I did find the storyline in this book quite predictable at the start, but the ending wasn’t really what I expected. I did enjoy this book overall, but I was really shocked at peoples’ attitudes towards both black people and bi-racial relationships.
Overall; a YA romance covering some difficult topics.
6.75 out of 10.


  1. Sarah and David's love story sound good, and glad he stuck by her

  2. Wow, what a deep concept. Sounds sad but like a good story.