Thursday, 18 December 2014

Book Review -- The Shadow of Loss by Josefina Gutierrez

The Shadow of LossThe Shadow of Loss by Josefina Gutierrez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

I was struck by the cover of this book - two souls hazed out by destiny and fate? Nice work, there! The story revolves around young Evelyn Gonzalez and how she gets a grip on life. Having lost her best friend in a fire, thanks to a prank turned cruel game that goes horribly wrong, Evelyn is nothing but a wreck of her former self. Institutionalised, medicated and sedated, she is just existing and not living. When she gets to move locations with her sister, join a new school and meet new people, the prospect only repels her, rather than sounding like a welcome change. She fails to see people who try to be genuinely affectionate and concerned. She is paranoid of trusting anyone ever again. She seems fine from the outside and is shattered inside. Everywhere she goes, with everything that she does, there is still the shadow of all that she has lost - not just her best friend but her own self. Does she find the courage to forgive herself and the rest of the world, is what the book tells us.

The plot is interesting. The point of view of the story is from Evelyn's and so the narrative, dialogues, monologues are all sketched pretty well, keeping in mind the mannerisms, behaviours, attitude, slang and vocabulary of a protagonist of that age. I am particularly impressed with the fact that the author didn't dwell on any point, anywhere in the book, to include deep analyses of the idealogies and philosophies. A person in that age and with that kind of emotional baggage keeps dwells on brevity and keeping things crisp, which is exactly what is shown in the book. The pace is wonderfully brisk, for an emotional drama. It's hard to not finish this book in a single go.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of young adult emotional dramas.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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