- File Size: 2667 KB
- Print Length: 160 pages
- Publisher: Bang2Write (February 26, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 26, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IOSZZ7I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Decision: Lizzie's Story (The Decision Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Lizzie's story is crucially centred on the rite of passage that is the end of the teenage years, into adulthood, when peer-pressure somehow becomes a background noise more than a decision-making tool, culminating in self-acceptance.
By examining all the possibilities that open up with the second line appearing on her pregnancy test, she reviews the state of her core relationships in her life, including of course, the one with her own mother. Always told in an honest and relatable voice, akin to Juno's, Lizzie's story is definitely worth spending some time with, for it is, as all great stories that make up our universal psyche, as one of the protagonists mentions, one of 'Big Bang and Hiroshima', one of Life and Death, all wrapped up in her now woman body.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I enjoyed reading Lizzie's Story which portrays all the angst surrounding teenage pregnancy. This is set against a backdrop of small town blues and a dysfunctional family which surprisingly manages to work far better than most. Lucy Hay has found the right voice for her young Lizzie who must make decisions, decisions, decisions from within the grotty confines of a public amenities block. Here we find seamless back-story interwoven with elements of slipstream, which in the end leaves us with the feeling that Lizzie has made the right decision. Highly recommended reading, even if you don't think you would like this type of genre.
Lizzie’s Story does that from the beginning. I have rarely read an opening chapter so powerful and profound. Lucy Hay has a sharp eye for telling detail and an almost pathological awareness of the discrepancy between human potential and actual achievement within the constricting contexts of family and social class. It hurts like Hamlet, and Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.
The action is intimately observed, each character scrupulously and minutely drawn. Lizzie tells this story in all its manifestations, and each time you are convinced it must be largely autobiographical with the kind of descriptive detail one associates with someone’s personal reality – e.g. “I could see all five of my sisters, their eyes wide, at least one of them delighted I had fallen from grace with such a bump.” I could quote a hundred more examples.
For all those reasons I was SO not ready for what happened 22% into the story. I won’t give it away, but it is extraordinarily effective. I saw that technique employed in a film once, but I don’t recall having come across it in a book. I think it works spectacularly well.
This is an important book about the human condition. It doesn’t run along the tramlines of a predictable genre, preferring instead to follow the urgings of Lucy Hay’s heart, her scrupulous and endearing honesty, her superb eye and very sharp ear. How many Lizzie’s can there be? Well one, of course, but layered, deep, analytical and sensitive to the nth degree.
“Lizzie’s Decision” should be required reading for all teens (Michael Gove take note!). It’s a very thought-provoking and deeply enjoyable read.