Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson


Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson is a YA Contemporary story surrounding ballerinas, abuse, and empowerment.


33004248._SY475_In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, a devastating but hopeful YA debut about a ballerina who finds the courage to confront the abuse that haunts her past and threatens her future.

There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey I thought I would be safe after my mother died. I thought I could stop searching for new places to hide. But you can’t escape what you are, what you’ve always been.
My name is Savannah Darcy Rose.
And I am still prey.

Though Savannah Rose―Sparrow to her friends and family―is a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed that her lifelong creed―“I’m not the kind of girl who tells”―will make her just like everyone else: Normal. Happy. Safe. But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever….


Please note that this book contains content surrounding abuse, suicide and assault.

I was kind of disappointed with this book.

I had such high hopes as I really love diving into YA Contemporaries with hard-hitting storylines and emotional, raw characters finding self-discovery.

And as soon as I read the synopsis of a ballerina and her abuse, I knew this one was going to be all the feels.

Unfortunately, the writing style was too jumbled and disconnected. The content itself was a great intro, but then I realized that the timeline jumped drastically from paragraph to paragraph without any distinction of it happening. One minute I was reading her new relationship and by the end of the page, they had been together for three months already? It just kept happening with no distinction in between.. 

I really wanted to dive so deep into this book but it just wasn’t executed correctly. So, I ended up giving it only a 2 out of 5 stars. I think that if it was less scrambled, this could easily have been a 4/5 star book.


Published: 17 March 2020

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Pages: 320

How I Read It: eARC from NetGalley

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*

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