The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner


The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner; 369 pages 

Dill is the son of a preacher turned convicted felon. He’s never dreamed of leaving his home town of Forrestville, TN. 

Travis comes from a broken home. His brother is dead, his father is abusive, and his mother can’t do anything about it. 

Lydia is the better off of the group. She has a loving family, two great friends, and a blog that is takin her places. 

Together these three friends figure out what it means to become your own person, to do things for yourself no matter the pressure around you. 

This book. This book. 

I didn’t think I would find any YA books that would hit me like Looking for Alaska did but this book did. Everything about this book was amazing. I cannot believe it was Zentner’s first book. 

Lydia was my favorite character, hands down. She knows who she is and she flaunts it. She believes in things and she fights for better things. She isn’t all about her, she wants to see her friends be happy and do great things. I think she is someone that people could aspire to be like. 

Travis was such a shy, quiet character. I think a lot of book nerds could relate to him and his obsession with a book series. He’s one of those characters you instantly fall in love with and just want his life to be perfect. 

Dill had it the roughest if you ask me. Now, I don’t know small time life because I’ve lived in the second biggest city in the state of New York my whole life, so my thoughts might be slightly biased by that. But I thought Dill’s parents were bat shit crazy. His dad for sure. His mom I can give a little leeway to. His dad was a preacher who believed in handling poisonous snakes to show your faith and his mom went right along with it. After his dad is locked up for having child porn on his computer Dill has to work to help his mom pay bills. But his parents are just nuts. His mom thinks his whole life should be dedicated to paying off the debt she and his father accrued and that he is responsible for his father going to prison and then all the religion. I was just … Woah. That poor kid. 

The characters were great though. 

And I loved the story. I’ve never really read much set in small southern towns so that alone made it interesting. Reading about what they do for fun and how their lives go by. 

This was a typical YA book too. It made me laugh, made me “awwww”, made me cry. It teaches lessons, makes you feel things, and is uplifting. I feel like all YA books can kinda blend together at times but this one stands out to me. I cannot wait for Zentner’s next book to be published (spring of 2017!!)!! 

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Next review: Looking for Alaska by John Green


2 thoughts on “The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

  1. You know, I hadn’t been sure I’d want to read this but I definitely will be adding it to my list!

    Great review!

    I’m sure I’ll find some recognizable elements since I am from a small southern town, though I didn’t know any serpent-wielding Pentecostals.

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    1. I absolutely loved it! I recommended it to a friend immediately and they just finished it yesterday and also loved it! So I hope you love it as well!
      I didn’t even know there really were serpent-wielding Pentecostals anymore so I was totally thrown by that idea!

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