Moloka’i by Alan Brennert is about Rachel, who begins the book as a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl in the 1890’s. Rachel’s childhood is suddenly torn apart when she is diagnosed with leprosy. Leprosy means that she will be exiled to a leper community on the island of Moloka’i. This book is the story of Rachel’s life and the tribulations she faces from both society and her disease.
Despite the seemingly extraordinary circumstances, Moloka’i is surprisingly life-like. Some moments were so credible and emotionally charged, that I found myself crying. Overall, I would say that this book is fantastic. It has a little bit of everything; romance, tragedy, humor, history and adventure. Although there are some unnecessarily graphic scenes, I would still rate it as a modern classic and a must-read.
by Monika Williams