Eighteen-year-old Patience McDonough has a plan. Despite her parents’ objections, she will attend Verity College in Hades, Mississippi, and live with her grandparents. She’ll complete her degree in record time and go on to become a doctor. But things at the college are strangely neglected, her class work is unexpectedly hard, Grand gets called out-of-town, and Poppa starts acting weird—so weird she suspects he has Alzheimer’s. On top of that, she has to work extra hours at her student job inputting financial data for the college—boring! But soon her job gets more interesting than she’d like: she finds that millions of dollars are unaccounted for and that something creepy is going on in the Big House basement. She discovers secrets tying her family into the dark beginnings of Verity, founded on a slave plantation, and she is forced to question the characters of people she has always trusted. Finally, confronted with a psychotic killer, Patience has to face facts—her plans are not necessarily God’s plans. Will the truth set her free?
I have never read a book quite like “Whitewashed” before. It is completely unique. The novel mixes the perspective of a homeschool graduate off to college, a nondescript and vague (but fairly twisted) character referred to as “Vengeance,” as well as a historical point of view from a slave plantation. I was honestly surprised a couple of times as I started reading the novel and I didn’t know what to think of it as it changed perspectives. However, I grew to like the book very much! In my opinion, this is a very addicting novel. What starts out as the story of a girl moving in with her grandparents and beginning her freshman year of college soon turns into a full-blown mystery and leaves the reader wondering what will happen next.
The main character is an eighteen-year-old girl named Patience. This character is a complicated one to me. Sometimes I really enjoyed reading about her, and then other times she frustrated me with her righteous attitude and rude reactions to many of the characters–made worse by how “right” she felt she was in her reactions. But then again, I did like reading about her because people are not perfect, and it was nice to read about the good and bad of a complex human being. Oftentimes, heroines in books are portrayed to be perfect, so it was refreshing to have something different. I will note that this is a Christian book, and though that didn’t bother me, I didn’t particularly love that about it either. I didn’t quite like how Patience had such a tendency to preach to other characters in the book and pull out Scripture to suit her desires. However, I did like how she was such a hard worker, an inspiring and very dedicated student, perseverant, and how she loved her grandparents.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book and found myself immersed in the story toward the end, flipping pages in anticipation. I would recommend it and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
- Age Range: 11 and up
- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing (February 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990693589
- ISBN-13: 978-0990693581
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
INTERACTIVE RESOURCES FOR WHITEWASHED
Writing prompt: Patience worked hard and was determined to set things right. What are your most important priorities?
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