Monday, August 11, 2014

Review of A TRICK OF THE LIGHT

I *don't* have a MMGM today. But I really wanted to share this book with you.


My summary:

There is an air of mystery to this book, and anything I say will give away to much. So this summary won't be very long.

Mike's life is falling apart. His life at home is degrading as school becomes an impossible maze he can't understand. But there's a friend-a voice in his head- who is there to help him regain control.

Goodreads tells us:

Telling a story of a rarely recognized segment of eating disorder sufferers—young men—A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger is a book for fans of the complex characters and emotional truths in Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why.

Mike Welles had everything under control. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they're getting confusing at school. He's losing his sense of direction, and he feels like he's a mess. Then there's a voice in his head. A friend, who's trying to help him get control again. More than that—the voice can guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything that's holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.


My review (there will be spoilers. I'm warning you.):

This book is both moving and chilling. You will walk away from this book wowed, with lots of questions and things to think about. This is an eye-opening book. And all this magic is created in less than 200 pages. 

The narrator is the voice in Mike's head, which I thinks makes it more powerful. Most of the time, when you jump into a book, you trust the narrator and what he/she is saying. The narrator of this book is not to be trusted. And it's interesting to find an awesome book where you find yourself rooting against the narrator.

The plot is relatively simple, but that doesn't detract from the story. In fact, I think a complicated plot would actually draw away from this book's powerful message.

I love the characters. Mike was very well done. Sometimes I found Mike's mother to be a little unrealistic, but other than that, I thought all the characters were very good.

The magic in this book is in the writing style and the voice that tells the story. 

I would say this is a book for teenagers. I wouldn't hand it to anyone in elementary school. There isn't anything bad in it, but it just wouldn't be appropriate for that age group.

5 out of 5 stars.

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