Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Faithful…by Alice Hoffman

Faithful…by Alice Hoffman

Seventeen year old Shelby and her best friend, Helene, are in a horrific car crash. Helene is left in a permanent coma. Shelby recovers physically but she follows a path of self-destructive behavior. Shelby’s behavior is not only a way to punish herself for the accident but also a way to form a barrier to her mental recovery.   Having read Hoffman’s previous book, ‘The Rules of Magic’, I went into, ‘Faithful’, with the impression that it would have paranormal elements. When the story begins, I thought that the story would follow both Helene and Shelby. I was pleasantly surprised when, ‘Faithful’ turns out to follow Shelby’s mental health after the crash. I’ve put off writing this review for a while. I wanted to give some thought into how I really felt about ‘Faithful’.   I really love Shelby’s story. In many ways, Shelby is just an ordinary person trying to overcome a tragedy. The way that Hoffman portrays Shelby as a flawed human but as an overall good person really endeared her to me and the story in general.   Shelby’s PTSD follows a true to life behavior pattern. Since Shelby blames herself for the accident, she justifies her […]

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The Rules of Magic… by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic… by Alice Hoffman

Franny and Bridget (Jet) along with their brother Vincent are part of the legendary Owen family of witches. Settling in New York city, The Owens kids are far from their Salem roots.  Their mother, Susana, sets up rules to keep her children out of trouble and away from magic. The rules are thrown to the wind when the Owen’s children spend a magical summer with their aunt Isabelle in Salem.   What I Loved         ‘The Rules of Magic’ is the prequel to Hoffman’s popular novel, ‘Practical Magic’. Although I haven’t read ‘Practical Magic’, I was able to understand everything that was going on in ‘The Rules of Magic’. ‘The Rules of Magic’ explains how Franny and Jet became the strange aunts in ‘Practical Magic’. I did love the characters of Franny and Jet as well as their cousin April, and their aunt Isabelle. I also enjoyed getting to know Franny and Jet as young girls in love. The magic system and the Owen’s family powers were simple, easy to understand, and straight forward. This made the story move along quite quickly. . What Left Me Wanting More   I really did not like the character of […]

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Beartown…by Fredrik Backman

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Beartown…by Fredrik Backman

On the surface, ‘Beartown’ is about a small town and it’s love of hockey. Their greatest hope is that their junior team will win the  junior hockey championship. The championship, the hockey club, and  Beartown it’s self is put in peril when a defining event splits the town. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Fredrik Backman. When I heard Backman was writing a new book I couldn’t wait to read it. Than I found out it centers on hockey. A lot of hockey. Something I don’t know much about. Once I got into the story, I quickly realized that the story was not about hockey at all. It’s about people. Lots of deeply complicated people. Bachman created some of the most fleshed out characters I have seen a long time. Most people do not fall into the entirely good or entirely bad category. These well-defined ‘human’ personalities are hard to truly capture in a novel. Bachman is a master at it. An example of this can be seen in David. He was an excellent coach and friend but was still human and didn’t always know how to react. Romana was one of my favorite character. I think […]

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