Briar Rose by Jane Yolen: A Review
Fairy Tale: Sleeping Beauty
Trigger Warning: This post will discuss the Holocaust and all the hate crimes encompassed within, as well as how victims of violence cope with their past traumas.
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen is a young adult novel which is in large part an exploration of the past and the stories we create to mask it. Becca’s grandmother, Gemma, has always told her and her sisters the story of Briar Rose. But when Gemma passes away, Becca begins to discover that Gemma’s story may have been referencing a dark and terrible past, and that this is one fairy tale that may not end happily.
- A very seriously and well-written book examining the repercussions and violence of the Holocaust
- It features a bright and determined young woman as its protagonist, who puts in the hard work and has the skills to discover the truth about her grandmother’s past
- A haunting incorporation of the tale of Sleeping Beauty which doesn’t so much retell the tale as incorporate it as part of the mystery of the novel
- It has a slow-burning mystery that, although one feels you already know what the result will be, nevertheless keeps you in dreadful suspense of the conclusion
Sound interesting? Then let’s discuss Briar Rose.