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Reflections Kindle Edition
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The story follows sixteen-year-old Ramachandra Ganeshan (Rama), who recently went through a very traumatic experience and struggles with body image and self-confidence issues. One of the things I appreciated most about the story was Morgan's careful consideration in handling such a delicate subject. She doesn't shy away from the truth, nor does she use Rama's trauma as an unnecessary plot device purely to elicit sympathy from the reader. At the same time, she doesn't go into all the graphic details. The focus remains on how the event affected Rama and continues to affect her, as well as her struggle to overcome what has happened to her and learn to love herself again. It's beautiful to see Rama grow and progress throughout the story.
Things start off a little slow, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing. The characters are all compelling enough that I wanted to keep reading and find out what was happening. My only complaint was that, especially in the first half of the story, some of the characters felt inconsistent and at times a bit contradictory. Nevertheless, most of their interactions were well-written and they definitely grew on me more as the story went on. I especially loved Leda; I would read a story about her and Nathaniel before they joined Vincent's tribe in a heartbeat, just saying.
The climax was a little predictable for me, but powerful and satisfying nonetheless. All of the characters' individual arcs were wrapped up nicely, especially Rama's. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys character-driven YA fantasy.
If I had to critique, Rama's decision near the beginning to join the shifters felt a bit jolting. Although this decision is explained a bit better later, in reading it I felt surprised at this choice. Rama is willing to give up her life and her family almost instantly, which felt to me like a bit jarring.
Overall, a really solid book, and a quality read. Check it out!
I instantly fell in love with Rama. She's vulnerable and she's been hurt badly, and I wanted to hold her and make her tea so. badly. It was hard to put down from the moment I started, and I really enjoyed the writing.
The best part for me was Rama's character development. Morgan writes insanely realistic characters, and the way Rama went from a shy girl who can't stand to look at herself in the mirror to this beautiful unstoppable force of justice was wonderful <3
Like many young women, Rama has confidence issues. She hates to look at her reflection, she hates clothes shopping with her beautiful friend who looks stunning in everything, and she's hurting so deeply she doesn't know if she'll ever have the strength to tell her parents what was done to her, because she's scared they'll blame her instead. I felt for her so hard, friends. I can't remember the last time I felt this connected to a character <3 This book got to me.
Reflections deals with the sensitive issue of rape, and how Rama, the victim, deals with it and with the impact on her life. She feels lost, and above all else she's scared that no one will believe her or even blame her, so she doesn't tell anyone. It's a poignant read, and Rama's transformation was inspiring to watch. If you're struggling with this very issue yourself, read this book. It just might help. If you're not struggling with this very issue yourself, read it anyway. Awareness and support are everything, friends.