Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates
Published by HarperTeen
Published 16 February 2016 (first published 1 January 2003)
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
“Later, I would think of it as crossing over. From a known territory into an unknown. From a place where people know you to a place where people only think they know you.”
Sometimes Franky Pierson has a hard time dealing with life. Like when her parents separate and her mother vanishes, Franky wants to believe that her mom has simply pulled a disappearing act. Yet deep within herself, a secret part of her she calls Freaky Green Eyes knows that something is terribly wrong. And only Freaky can open Franky’s eyes to the truth.
That night. I lie awake listening.
WHAT I THOUGHT
Oh, boy does JCO know how to pack a punch, even when writing YA fiction. Freaky Green Eyes turned out to be a lot, lot darker than I expected. I really like the YA fiction I’ve read by JCO in the past and was really enjoy this novel, which at first, seemed to be about a teenage girl watching her parent’s marriage fall apart. I was already in love with Franky’s voice and the way she saw the world. Then her mother goes missing and suddenly Freaky Green Eyes turned into a different, darker book. I loved it. I thought Franky/Freaky was a great character. She was clearly suffering from some version of the Electra complex by ignoring signs that her father was a bastard but she did the right thing in the end. I’d highly recommend Freaky Green Eyes.