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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Molly’s life is not one worth bragging about, but it is what she has and it is hers. Target of school gossip and verbal torment, she keeps as much to herself as possible. As long as she and her brothers can survive, as long as Molly’s inhaler is near, and people leave her alone, there is no reason to allow the darkness to overwhelm them; it is nothing they can’t endure. Even when her alcoholic mother refuses to accept what she sees as charity, Molly stiffens her backbone and perseveres. She might have had a friend if Sam hadn’t disappeared, and there was a slight chance when he mysteriously returned. But Sam was different. She couldn’t gauge his reaction and response to anything anymore. It all came down to “The bottle. The box. The boy. They all make her want to cry.”
Good Air by Britt Nunes is an odd mixture of first and third voice that keeps the reader captivated while wanting more. As an unfiltered view of the unconventional life in the home of an alcoholic, Good Air is brutal in the sad honesty of the reality of domestic abuse. As Molly and her brothers battle their way to stay alive, Sam’s existence reflects a mirror image that remains a mystery until the very end. The relativity contained in this novel is important in understanding our youth and their journey into adulthood. Nunes presents a sharply accurate view of the lives of children of addiction and the skewed perspective of the public.