Review by: Stacy Palm
This is another very difficult review to write. For one, I was obviously captivated to the point that I could not put this novel down and finished it in a day. That tells me I was so intensely drawn into these characters and what was happening that I could not wait an extra minute to find out then end. The mystery was intriguing, the characters unique, and the setting was captured very differently because of the limitations of the main character.
However, there was also something underlying that was nagging at me, which is the reason I did not give this novel 4 stars. It took me awhile to put my finger on it, but I finally figured out that it was what my husband and I refer to as "The Beach Syndrome." There was a really good book called The Beach, that they made into a really horrible movie, and the problem was that the ideals behind the story were so adversely thrown into your face at every moment that you felt pummeled by the politics. Now this book is no where to that level, as I said it even took me awhile to figure out what was discomforting to my about the book. In the end, the authors ideals of coincidence vaguely do feel as though you are getting hit over the head with the authors ideas.
I'm going to go back to what I first said, as I do not want to leave you with a negative impression of this book. It was really good, very well written, and incredibly original. I recommend that you read this book and post your own opinions and reviews, as it is a great book to discuss. Especially when thinking about disabilities or what we consider to be special needs of children.