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I must admit, I was feeling a little challenged up until around chapter 7 (which isn’t at all a slow read or too far buried to appreciate the plot reveal). It felt cryptic and needed to be re-read a few times to attempt comprehension. This is probably just due to grammatical inflection of how the main character, Grace, might have projected her experiences, only being 6-years-old. (a true testament to great writing) After which, I really couldn’t help but drive forward into the story, up to the last word.
The intricate descriptions, the complex feelings and emotional turmoil was palpable, thrilling and enveloping all at once. I was truly captured and wanted to see where it all lead to. Needless to say, by the end of it all I was rooting for the positivity, the lesson to be learned and the empowering message that wrapped it all up. Change.
The author, Jocelyn Bates, was represented well in her ability to write her thoughts and feelings into such a powerful story. I found myself asking, page after page, if these were her personal experiences or perhaps absorbed through her work as an Arts Therapist. I noticed the nuances of the author’s beautifully brilliant mind as she picked and molded each character’s descriptor. It was all simply beautiful and touching and spoke true to Jocelyn’s talent as a writer and artist.
In summation, I felt wanting for the song lyrics, beats, rhythms, artwork and ultimately the impending joy in the main character’s finale experience.
The final message is clear. Change is needed and we all need to look deeper inside of ourselves and further beyond the mirrored, scaly skin that lie on the exterior of all souls we encounter. Everyone has a story and just because we don’t immediately know the path they’ve walked, doesn’t mean we should judge their actions at first glance. Pain and despair is burned into each and every one of us. Some are hidden while some run so deep, they penetrate to the surface. They cause us to make mistakes. We are, after all, only human. Love others as you love yourself. Look up every once in a while and while you’re grounded, help others up.
Thank you, Jocelyn, for your empowering words and your efforts to help others see the beauty through the darkness. You are my family and I am truly blessed to know someone as beautiful, inside and out. This moved me. I felt it.
Trust. Love. Truth.
The main character, Grace, spends the first part of the tale remembering and dealing with a sexual abuse incident that happened when she was six years old. Her new friend, Kai, suffers from a surfeit of empathy that causes the emotions of others to abrade against his psyche to the point of self-destruction.
Gathered in a nebulous magical place where everything is possible at the blink of a thought, these two join with others like themselves to find a better answer to the angst of growing up than the solutions provided by the present-day manipulations of society, schools and other institutions.
The image of the collage is central to the understanding of this story, as it is to some extent a collage of the emotions of its characters. Despite this dependence on unreal and obscure imagery, the plotline is straightforward, so the general themes of the book are accessible.
However, the writing style does not ultimately solve the problem of translating the storyteller’s art, which consists of telling, into book form, where showing is the main form of communication. The unfortunate result is that the storytelling sometimes slides into lecturing, which might be acceptable in a live performance, but does not hold the reader to the pages of the book.
Likewise, as anyone knows who has ever mistaken a joke for an insult in an email, live communication conveys all sorts of information that written language does not. The accuracy of the writing and the precision of the punctuation and spelling are even more important to readers who are trying to decipher the subjective emotional messages of a surrealistic tale. It is unfortunate that this writer was unable to find an editor sufficiently sympathetic to the demands of creativity to assist her with the mundane chore of proofreading.
A flawed gem of undeniable beauty. Recommended for fans of Surrealism of the gentler sort.