Friday, 14 November 2014

Book Review -- Only the Good Die Young by Douglas Trueman

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. 

The story revolves around 17-year-old Rebecca Lockhart. The book starts us from the point where she is publicly humiliated in front of a bevy of students - all watching in amusement. Rebecca goes through her life with all the roller-coaster ups and downs that come bundled with being 17 years if age. Having been raised with righteousness as the main virtue, her bringing-up has been conditioned with frowning upon modern practices. Things take a turn when, in order to fit in with her peers, she gets tempted into moments of indiscretion. Soon, she faces peril and has to lie her way out of being in further trouble. 

What I liked most about this story is the narration style - told from the perspective of a struggling teenager, the language is totally devoid of bombastic frills and is smooth and easy. Descriptions of incidents and people are also given the way a 17-year-old would notice traits and things. The wry humour throughout serves to make the reading experience richer. Rebecca is someone that most of us can empathise with. The conflicts are understandable, and although some may argue as to the morality of the protagonist's intentions and actions, the lessons she learns, the repeated mistakes she makes, the ways she misjudges people, are all easy to relate to. The pace of the book is healthy - doesn't go too fast, leaving the reader in a daze, nor does it slacken at snail pace. Some points are predictable - for instance, the compulsion she faces to take up the extra-curricular credit in order to avoid failing the year, and the solution she finds for it. But the predictabilities add to the enjoyment. 

I would certainly recommend this book to lovers of teenage life dramas and coming-of-age stories... 

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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