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Petals Paperback – February 22, 2017
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The teenage Carly Perez was in a horrible car accident where she lost her mother on Christmas Eve. Her father tears her away to Reu, his small hometown in Guatemala to visit family just before the first anniversary of that accident. Carly is mad about being uprooted and resented her father's seeming lack of compassion. The world of a cold winter in her California home is the opposite of Guatemala and she is sure that she will be horrible. Carly soon warms up to Reu especially when she meets her step-cousin, Miguel.
The mystery starts in the airport and continues throughout her whole trip. She knows her father has secrets about why he has not seen his family in Reu for decades. She knows that her nightmares are too much for her to take. She knows that a scar-faced man is everywhere she is. What she doesn’t know will change her forever. Who is the scar-faced man? Why is he stalking her? Can Carly and Miguel find the answers that seem buried in her nightmares?
The way the author describes the family and the grandmother’s home is amazing. The story is so well written I liked that every item mentioned in the story adds to the mystery and is explained by the OMG ending. I would recommend this story to everyone. I look forward to reading other stories by this author.
The character of Carly herself is well voiced and developed. She is a typical teenager, but is dealing with a horrible tragedy. She struggles to find her way in this new world where her mother doesn't exist and her memories of the event are dark and horrible. She constantly sees a strange man, "raisin face", everywhere she goes, and these meetings bring on panic attacks and black outs. Who is this man? Why is he following her? These questions will pull you through the story and keep the tension high. The unveiling at the end is both soul wrenching and cathartic.
I really enjoyed this read. I highly recommend it! 5 Stars!
Carly is a girl traumatised by an accident which killed her mother. She has been plagued by vivid dreams. When her father takes her back to his home country of Guatemala, Carly is reluctant. But she soon changes her mind when she meets the mysterious Miguel.
There’s a deep mystery surrounding the small Guatemalan town as well, and this mystery, and the chemistry between Miguel and Carly, as well as Ms Reyes’ fabulous writing will keep readers hooked until the very end.
Determined to avoid this man and determine his connection to her accident, Carly spends the majority of her time away exploring Guatemala with her handsome new step-cousin, Miguel. The teens bond over their discomfort being part of a disjointed family, reminiscing about childhood days when they felt truly at home and comfortable. Developing relationships with Miguel and her family through the sharing of traditional Guatemalan culture helps Carly push her boundaries of security and finally begin to question her perception of her own past to uncover the truth of her mother’s death—no matter how daunting it may be. She begins to take risks, ceasing taking her medication, following the enigmatic man… and eventually stumbles into a truth requiring her to tackle her relationships with her family and herself.
Petals reminds readers of the difficult flexibility young adults must adopt to survive the trials of young adulthood on a daily basis. Carefully integrating topical subjects such as cultural tradition and nonconventional families, Reyes proves her own awareness of individuality and is thusly more than qualified to centralize this new piece of young adult literature around the omnipresent, very human search for identity. This novel is dynamic, prioritizing this deep characterization but not sacrificing plot. Carly, Miguel, and the other members of their family are able to change and develop around Carly’s main crisis, deepening the audience’s understanding of the characters’ roles in solving very personal conflicts. Reyes is noticeably sensitive to the complex emotional reactions of the two main adolescent characters, describing in detail the many pressures Carly faces in the confusing wake of tragedy.
Subtle elements of romance justify Reyes’ second-place ranking in the 2014 Young Adult Romance Writers of America Contest while still keeping the story appropriate for middle grade readers—especially considering Miguel and Carly’s confusing familial relationship. The occasional Spanish dialogue adds another point of intrigue to Carly’s relationships, realizing the struggles of communicating with people different than ourselves. Just like Carly, we are all better off when we expose ourselves to people and places who challenge our ways of handling problems. Petals connects us to the complicated aspects of life we often skirt around.
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