Don't Call Me a Hurricane is a brave book about teens fighting for their home and the planet. Eliza and her friends are climate activists who are dealing with the destruction of their home as well as facing climate anxiety and an uncertain future. Written in verse, the emotional impact of the writing was strong. I could feel Eliza's fear in the flashback scenes during the hurricane as well as her anxiety and need in the present day to do something to help her home. Eliza's passion, fear, confusion and spirit continuously shines through in the writing. I enjoyed watching Eliza and her friends organize for climate activism, how they found help and advice from outside sources, listened to those who have succeeded before them, planned fundraising, sit-ins, and protests while still making some mistakes along the way. Eliza and Milo's romance was realistic and integrated well into the story. Milo introduced conflict and challenge for Eliza as she had to reassess some of her beliefs, think about what was important to her and grow in ways she didn't know she could. Don't Call Me a Hurricane is an important book for the current world as teens and young adults face impending climate disasters and climate anxiety.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.