The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Book Review #49

* I received this book in an exchange for an honest review.  

My rating: 4/5

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living. 

  • A book about youth and family contradictions. 
  • I enjoyed reading The Serpent King. And I think that everyone who reads this book until the end will definitely have a few lessons learned. 
  • This is a book that is full of heartbreaks, reliefs and the beauty of friendship. But more of it are towards Dillard, grandson of The Serpent King and his friendship with his two best friends, Travis and Lydia who respectively have a different perspective about life and its wonders. 
  • Recommended!

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