7 Reasons We LOVE Mia McKenzie’s Novel, “The Summer We Got Free”
A BuzzFeed article often has an audience similar to myself - young adults who like concision in their reading, but still enough substance to get a message across. In the age of meme culture and technology, a well-placed gif is much appreciated. Humor and “staying woke” are two huge trends across millennials and, being fluent in this language myself, I intend to appeal to the millennial mindset while also giving praise and critique to a fantastic novel. I will list the major themes present in the novel and describe how they affect the overall meaning of the story while also tying in the ideas discussed in Eubanks’s “Poetics and Narrativity”. The whole of McKenzie’s novel draws plot from story-telling, so much of its meaning is tied to that method of recounting. Eubanks understood that humanity and memory is much based off of narrative and story-telling. Through this use of storying, McKenzie is able to relate to her human audience in a way that is both heartbreaking and beautiful. In the following list, I intend to illustrate the strongest ideas present in the novel while also highlighting the story’s strengths and weaknesses. Warning: Spoilers!