Icon Tag: Drama

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle…by Stuart Turton

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle…by Stuart Turton

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a twisted mix of Freaky Friday, Groundhog Day, and Clue (yes, it’s that good). The narrator of this novel must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. Evelyn is murdered during a party hosted by her family. The twist? The narrator relives the day of Evelyn’s murder eight times. Each time he is in a different body in a different guest at the Hardcastle party.    This story is an amazing labyrinth of scenes and characters. Scenes and timelines were created 8 different times, with 8 different points of view. It is just amazing that the author is able to have a character in the right place and at the right time to correspond with previous ‘lives.’  Although the storyline is confusing at the beginning, tiny details are revealed with each new POV. These details slowly bring a picture of what is going on into focus for the reader.   As for the characters, they were all especially unlikable and flawed but strong in their own way. These flaws and strengths each help the narrator get closer to an answer in the mystery of Evelyn’s death. The only character that felt awkward to me is the […]

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Burning Bright…by Chanda Stafford

Burning Bright…by Chanda Stafford

Sam is haunted by her parents death. She is at fault for what happened to them. Her punishment is to live with abusive foster parents that only care about the stipend she brings them. Sam’s life changes when she meets California boy, Ben. Ben is the son of movie star turned animal conservationist parents. What will happen when Sam becomes wrapped up in Ben’s world. To me there is two separate plots to, ‘Burning Bright’. The first is Sam’s gritty struggle to survive. She lives in a tent so as not to have to live in her foster-parents house. She is in constant fear of her foster-father. Sam also has to work in a second-hand store in order to pay for essentials such as clothing and food. She sees this as a penance for what she did to her parents. What happened to Sam’s parents is not revealed until the end of the book but it is implied that she is someway caused their parent’s deaths. This section of the story was my favorite. It delved into the world of foster care. It felt real and different and it kept me wanting to find out how  the story turned out. I […]

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No Sad Songs… by Frank Morelli

No Sad Songs… by Frank Morelli

Gabe is used to helping care for his ailing grandfather. Then tragedy strikes and thrusts eighteen-year-old Gabe into the position of primary care giver for his grandfather with dementia.   They’re so many things to love about, ‘No Sad Songs’. The thing I love most is that the book is set in the 1990’s.  This is a time period I haven’t seen a lot of in YA fiction ( or really fiction in general). The nineties are such a nostalgic time period. It is the last decade were our lives were not totally run by cell phones and computers. The simple things in the life of a teenager was very evident in this story. Gabe’s main worries are eating pizza and attracting girls.   The most important theme in, ‘No Sad Songs,’ is caring for someone with dementia. This novel really highlights the divesting situation or a child or grandchild caring for a parent or grandparent with this disease. The dementia sufferers often don’t know who they are or where they are anymore. For example, Gabe’s grandfather constantly relives his time fighting in WWII. Game’s flashbacks also really highlight Gabe’s pain as he remembers the wonderful times with his grandfather. I have read […]

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