|(Thank you to the publisher and Poetic Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
He was nine when the vines first wrapped themselves around him and burrowed into his skin. Now a college botany major, Jeremy is desperately looking for a way to listen to the plants and stave off their extinction. But when the grip of the vines becomes too intense and Health Services starts asking questions, he flees to Brooklyn, where fate puts him face to face with a group of climate-justice activists who assure him they have a plan to save the planet, and his plants.
As the group readies itself to make a big Earth Day splash, Jeremy soon realizes these eco-terrorists devotion to activism might have him and those closest to him tangled up in more trouble than he was prepared to face. With the help of a determined, differently abled flame from his childhood, Zoe; her deteriorating, once rabble-rousing grandmother; and some shocking and illuminating revelations from the past, Jeremy must weigh completing his mission to save the plants against protecting the ones he loves, and confront the most critical question of all: how do you stay true to the people you care about while trying to change the world?
What a book! So many important topics tackled - environmental issues, mental health, memory loss, activism, etc. - in such an engaging and thought-provoking story. I just loved Meeropol's writing - fluid, smart, and imaginative. The characters she creates are relatable, strong, and forthright in their beliefs - I enjoyed getting to know them all. Especially, Flo. She was my favorite part of the entire story. An elderly gal struggling to maintain her identity as an activist, all the while dealing with the effects of Alzheimer's. Talk about a tough cookie!
Kinship of Clover was a terrific story that truly tugged at the heartstrings. I found myself rooting for these characters - hoping they would thrive and survive whatever battles they faced. I read late into the night, unable to put this book down for anything. I enjoyed Meeropol's storytelling so much - it was captivating! I feel like there is so much to say about this book, but I can't seem to find the right words. Just know that I loved every minute I spent with it. I would definitely recommend it to fans of Meeropol's works and anyone looking for their next great read - you will LOVE Kinship of Clover to bits!!
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