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This is a well written young adult novel for readers about 16 to 20 or so with a very interesting spiritual aspect. Written in byte-sized chapters for the iphone gen, this novel involves three young people in high school who realize that their lives are interwoven so they can help each other through their problems.
We have the rich boy Frank who plays baseball, and whose parents are bigots who try to block his relationship with Miranda, the girl with the Hispanic background from the lower middle class neighborhood. Then there's Lucio, the doomed artist who is the connection to the spiritual side of both of the other characters and who shares a friendship with them. All three of these find their fates are interwoven in powerful ways to help each other achieve their lives' deepest values, while rebelling against the blindness of a superficial society. If this sounds like many another young adult novel, remember that HAMLET is a revenge play among many others of its time. We don't read the others anymore, though.
One of the aspects of this book is that the young reader is introduced to imagery of light/darkness. For example, Miranda's alcoholic, half-mad father is his daughter's "dark angel," the monster in her closet, while Lucio, the street artist turned painter, is her white protector. The "white trees" of the title are the symbols of the cleansing power of friendship and love shared by the three young people.
There is a hint of fantasy fiction in the way in which the three young character's lives and fates are foretold in the final painting of Lucio's posthumous exhibition. Again, there is much color symbolism used here. In addition, all the major characters, including Miranda's father and grandfather, are dreamers (see p.Read more ›
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