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- Print Length: 241 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Smarmy Press (August 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CR0T70U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In a word, it is "excellent."
Written as a series of entries in a young man's journal, 'Casting Shadows Everywhere' is a novel that tells the story of Jake and how he learns - in very dramatic ways - who he is and where he fits in the universe. The lessons aren't easy ones. Some of them are frightening, in fact, and some of them are twisted almost beyond understanding but each, ultimately, teach him important things about his life, who he is and who he might become.
Interestingly, the book does not feature a host of supporting characters; very few in fact.
Two, however, are critical to the story.
They are: Beth, a beautiful girl in his high school that he has had a longtime crush on, and Nick, his streetwise and extremely pragmatic ex-con cousin.
It is Nick, in fact, who serves as Jake's mentor. In a very deliberate way Nick teaches Jake not to be afraid of the bullies who have tormented him since he was a child and, in turn, teaches him not to be afraid of life itself.
Beth, though not as consciously, also teaches Jake some valuable lessons; perhaps even the most important lesson of his life in the end.
I won't go into any great depth about the plot here because that would spoil this book for you. I will say, however, that it contains some surprising twists that will have you wondering just who this young man is and why he has done what, in the end, he had to do.
I thoroughly enjoyed 'Casting Shadows Everywhere' and think you will too.
Jake's coming-of-age story was written from his point-of-view in a journalistic style. He gave the reader a sense of what it was like to be in high school, conjuring up a view that many in this day and age could remember from their early years. Things began to take a different path right away when he wrote about his cousin, Nick, and the lessons about life that Nick taught him. As these lessons became harder and more intense, Jake's view of the world around him changed. It wasn't always for the better. The one bright spot in his otherwise invisible existence was Beth, the girl who paid more attention to him than anyone else. But even this positive relationship was tarnished by the darkness welling inside Jake as he struggled to find himself.
The story began with an action-packed scene, but remained a little slow on take-off for me. I think it was shifting gears into journal-reading mode on my behalf. Not more than a page or two after the opening scene, events began happening in rapid succession. Both Jake and the reader became stuck in Nick's web of lies and philosophy without realizing it until the final lesson was taught. To be honest, I was surprised by some of the later chapters (no, I'm not going to give spoilers) because I was too busy thinking about Jake figuring out his life to notice that someone around him wasn't all he/she presented to be. When I reached the turning point, I was both puzzled and excited, wondering what was going to happen next.
All in all, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I anticipated. Because the author eased the entry into Jake's world, it was easy to get caught up in the little things that Jake thought important and miss the huge red flags that something was going on in the background. I really liked how honest Jake was in his journal. The confusion he was feeling came through the words, especially when he wrote about his dreams and struggled to find meaning in them. Kernels of truth about the world and society at large were woven into the fabric of the story. I think that's why it was easy to become snared by Jake's dilemma. If you're a fan of mysteries or simply love a good story where the boogey-man is quite real, then this is the book you should have on your TBR list!
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Took too long to develop story . do yourself a favor and pick another book!