The Land of 10,000 Madonnas
Author: Kate Hattemer
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: April 19, 2016
Review Source: Knopf
Five teens backpack through Europe to fulfill the mysterious dying wish of their friend in this heartwarming novel from the author of The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy.
Jesse lives with his history professor dad in a house covered with postcards of images of the Madonna from all over the world. They’re gotten used to this life: two motherless dudes living among thousands of Madonnas. But Jesse has a heart condition that will ultimately cut his life tragically short. Before he dies, he arranges a mysterious trip to Europe for his three cousins, his best friend, and his girlfriend to take after he passes away. It’s a trip that will forever change the lives of these young teens and one that will help them come to terms with Jesse’s death.
With vivid writing, poignant themes, and abundant doses of humor throughout, Kate Hattemer’s second novel is a satisfying journey about looking for someone else’s answers only to find yourself.
First let me point out how much I love the title of this book. I was so drawn to it because of it. Second, I'm a sucker for books that involve trips. I've read my fair share, which is why I probably have high expectations. The Land of 10,000 Madonnas did not disappoint! All the characters in this book were very distinguishable and thats great. Kate Hattemer has a very descriptive way of writing which makes it easy to start and finish the book in one sitting! Yes, I did just that.
As far as the story goes, I loved diving in and feeling like I was a part of this amazing trip! And, in Europe! The emotions that come through with Hattemer's writing also made me enjoy reading which is why I couldn't put it down. Who doesn't love a book that makes you feel all the feels? I laughed, I cried, I squeezed the book in a hug once or twice! It's almost an inspirational read. You have these people who just lost someone they loved and are trying to cope, and then he is living on through everything and all of them and it is so amazing and beautiful!
I'd recommend The Land of 10,000 Madonnas to everyone basically! It's a smart, loving, coming of age read that would benefit anyone and everyone!