Hello everyone! I hope that your week has been going well! I haven’t been getting too much reading done due to some scheduling, but I’ve got a short book review for you today on a recent read!
First off, you can get complete description of the book HERE.
I want to say to start, this book is very well written. Donna has a way of weaving different parts of a person into a single story and having it come off as a beautiful novel. While the book does get a little wordy in some spots and the pacing can be off, the writing and language is very well done.
With that being said, this book was not what I was expecting at all. It is a coming of age novel and focuses on a young boy becoming a grown adult. It goes into intricate detail of the misfortunes he has, the trials and tribulations he has had to face, and how he has overcome several difficulties in his life. If you would like to read a wonderfully well written story that is a coming of age, boy to adulthood, novel…this is the book for you!
If you want to read a story that is a mystery/somewhat thriller focusing on art theft, this would not be one I would recommend. I picked up the book because I heard the language was beautiful and the art theft by a little boy intrigued me. While the storyline did include the theft and that was brought into the story at several different parts, it was not the sole focus. I enjoyed the parts where the theft was brought into play much more as I felt the story really started to flow and pick up in the pacing (as it would), but those parts were almost too few and too far in-between.
I mentioned the pacing of the story was slow. I think that Donna goes into quite a bit of detail in the main characters life where we as a reader may not need as much detail. For example, I think one (maybe two) year of his life had a good chunk of the book devoted to it. There was not too much true development going on, although one could say that in and of itself was formative in the main characters development. Overall though, most of the coming of age bits were very slow paced and very quickly became over detailed.
Overall, I am honestly not sure what rating I would give this book. I feel like I can’t be fair in my analysis as the book was not what I was expecting or hoping in this read. I would only say that if you are not interested in a coming of age novel, do not pick it up as it is quite a long book to devote the time too if you are not interested!