4.0 颗星，最多 5 颗星Great writing, but a traumatic read.
2017年11月6日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
It might seem a strange way to start a review, but I might have enjoyed this book more if it had not been so well written! To explain, Justine is a 10-year old (fourteen in the second part of the novel) whose life is stacked against her. Without parents, she is living in poverty with her grandfather, who is suffering from PTSD resulting from his war experiences. To make matters worse, she is dyslexic. But her situation unbelievably worsens in the second half of the book. Sofie Laguna's writing is so searingly effective that this reader in particular was at times afraid to read more. But the experience of following Justine's story is in the end uplifting. The writer is particularly adept at seeing the world of dysfunctional adults through the eyes of a child. My only concern is the slightly contrived "happy" ending; it has the appearance of being tacked on in order to relieve the bleakness of what has gone before. But overall a satisfying if traumatic read.
A more tragic story would be difficult to imagine, but the amazing writing skills of Sophie Laguna make this an absolute must read. A heart wrenching tale that educates as well as entertains - one really gets to see the world through different eyes, to see the heartache and misery some must endure, and to better understand the flow of life that drives a different culture. Amazing writing, tragedy and heartbreak through circumstance, yet heartwarming and a story of dreams and the pure love of a mother. A complete story.
The imagery in this book was equal to watching a movie, I felt as though I was there watching it all unfold. I laughed, but I cried more. I so loved the main character. I look forward to Sofie Laguna's next novel.