This story slowly wrapped its way around my heart and squeezed. Delaney’s family fell apart soon after her sister Clare died of cancer. It is a year later and her dad abandoned the family and left town, rarely calling and her mom is a zombie, only leaving her room to work night shift at a local grocery store. Delaney takes a job at the local gas station/convenience store in her small town of Clemency, Texas to help make ends meet. When a cheese wheel from her work appears to have the image of the baby Jesus (dubbed Baby Cheesus) on it, the rival churches competing for congregates in a small town and small business looking to make a profit take advantage of this “miracle” and other religious images that start spontaneously appearing around town with the claims of miraculous healing associated with them. Offended by the religious people telling her and her mother “it is a shame Baby Cheesus wasn’t around a year ago or Clare may still be with us” and skeptical of the convenient appearance of multiple “miracles” in such a short period of time in a small town, Delaney openly questions whether these “miracles” are actually hoaxes and starts investigating people she suspects of having the most to gain by creating these religious images. This puts her on the receiving end of a small town’s wrath at possibly screwing up the town’s only chance at fame and profit and forces her to confront her grief that she has been avoiding dealing with for almost a year. Heartbreaking and thought-provoking, this book makes you question if Delaney is in the right for questioning the suspicious appearances of these”miracles” or if she is being driven by her anger at God for her sister’s death and destruction of her family. Delaney and her best friend, Gabe’s friendship which added humor and warmth to this book and my own questioning on whether these “miracles” are real made me invested in this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves young adult books or anyone looking for their next good read.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the author for review consideration.