Chrysalis, by Michel Prince, is a New Adult (NA) paranormal book. This book is about two teenagers, Eleanor (Ellie) a white volleyball player and Oscar, a black three letter athlete. The setting of a high school, where the main characters are a sophomore and senior, would lead one to believe this was a young adult(YA) book. The content of this book is not appropriate for the Young Adult genre, despite the setting, which is why this book is better classified as New Adult. This book is over 200 pages of description of a typical dysfunctional family, the Chisholm’s.
The addition by the author of demons as the reason for the family dysfunction is not only confusing, but in reality took away from what could have been a great story. Ellie is the youngest of five children. She is portrayed as the only child that has her life together, at 16! One older brother was killed in a train accident, another is a drug addict, one older sister has four children, by three different men and the other sibling sells her body for everything. The parents do nothing to either support, or in any way parent the children.
The story wants us to believe that all these situations are caused by a deity that is pissed off because the mother chose her husband over him. I must admit that many of the situational high school issues included in this book were extremely realistic for today’s high schools. Many more teens are much more sexually active than many of us were at that age. Many more of them are attending school from homes where they do not feel love or acceptance. I very much enjoyed the parts of the book that did not deal with the “demons”.
Lastly, I was confused by the title. As an adult reading a YA or NA book, I did not expect to need a dictionary to explain the title, but I did. I had to look up the word after finishing the book to figure out what the title had to do with the story, since there was no reference to the title in the book. I will read the next installment in this series mainly because I want to see where the author takes the couple next.
-Reviewed by Selina