Book Review: Edna in the Desert by Maddy Lederman



The author kindly sent me a physical copy of this book to review.

Here is the synopsis:

Edna is a precocious trouble-maker wreaking havoc at her Beverly Hills school. Her therapist advocates medication, but her parents come up with an alternative cure: Edna will spend the summer in the desert with her grandparents. Their remote cabin is cut off from cell phone service, Internet and television. Edna naturally finds this arrangement unacceptable. She’s determined to rebel until she meets an older local boy and falls in love for the first time. How can she get to know him from the edge of nowhere?

I readily identified with Edna.  I still have my old journals from when I was a teenager and Ms. Lederman accurately captures the mindset of an adolescent female.

This book is very well written as well.  The author beautifully describes an environment that I have never been to.  I really want to go now.  From the physical attributes to the heat to the wildlife, Ms. Lederman captures it all.  I really appreciate when the author removes you from your world and places you into theirs.

Ms. Lederman also accurately portrays that first crush.  That first person you couldn’t stop thinking about.  The fantasies you created in your head about what you would say when you would see them again, what they would say, so forth and so on.  Definitely provided some nostalgia for me.

This book also provides interesting commentary on the state of today’s youth.  I honestly can’t imagine going through adolescence in the age of social media.  The internet was in it’s infancy when I was a teenager (AOL anyone?) and the drama that tiny bit of electronic communication caused in my life was nothing compared to what these kids endure today.  But I met my husband online when I was 15, so it all worked out in the end.

I started out hating Edna.  But by the end I actually kind of admire her.  Ms. Lederman demonstrated Edna’s emotional growth during her exile in the desert.

I’m saving this book for my daughter.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maddy Lederman
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 05:21:04

    Amanda, I’m glad you enjoyed Edna In The Desert! Thanks so much for your thoughtful review!


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