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Dont stay silent!
on January 14, 2013
Silenced by Raebeth Buda
This is one of those rare stories which will have the reader love or really dislike the story.
It is about a girl who suffers from depression and self harm to alleviate her sufferings.
I am thus far undecided as to whether I love it or really dislike it. My problems with the book are this, once the protagonist meets a boy, she is all better. She cuts down on cutting, feels as if she belongs and moves from the dark to the sunlight in no time at all. I know a bit about depression and given -- a new love can for a time fool you into feeling good, it will not chase away the shadows to this degree.
Secondly, the girl over explains the most mundane of things and then, when a really big issue arrives, she brushes over it within two sentences after a page and a half worth of a description of everyday things.
My third problem is the end... but this will be one of those things that will either appeal to you or wont. The fact that it did not appeal to me is a very subjective thing.
So I figure that Amber, our protagonist is moving towards love and that that is what keeps her from spiralling down further. I have no frame of reference for what Amber is going through. So I formed no connection with her, I felt sorry for her mother, dreadful for poor Dave and empathy for the new best friend but Amber started out as and remained an enigma for me.
This is where the story is really very well done.
NOTE. How many parents can really say they are familiar with the life of their teenagers? Few are my guess.
All of us used to be or are teenagers so that endless lightless angst is apparent to us all.
I actually disliked the way Amber handled her mother. She was extremely disrespectful and childish.
Again this alienated Amber for me and made my sympathies for her parents manifest all the more.
My second issue, the over explanation of the mundane,
I think this is a technique used by the author to take the reader into that angst,
into that eternal struggle of the teenager, being overly aware of some things and clueless of others.
It did not work for me but I am sure it will appeal too many.
Well to address the end, I can't. Read it. Make up your own mind.
Thus a fast recap. This is a story that addresses issues that is mostly glossed over if that.
It is a tough subject to address and I think the author did an amazing job in addressing these issues.
She chose writing techniques that may not be to my personal liking but had the desired effect nonetheless.
That was well done. I think parents should read this.
Especially those reading this thinking - ghmf, I know my child... chances are you might not know them as well as you think.
I give this a 3 * review.
I think as a debut novel the author has done an amazing job.
But do not take my word for it. Read it, decide for yourself.