A Trick of the Light by Lois Letzger is an ARC that showed up on my doorstep one day, so I decided to give it a try. I had no reference for what it wa A Trick of the Light by Lois Letzger is an ARC that showed up on my doorstep one day, so I decided to give it a try. I had no reference for what it was about, because the synopsis wasn’t even referenced on the back of the ARC, but it has received such high praise (based on the Goodreads rating, because I try not to read reviews before I write my own), I figured why not? There’s a semi-naked boy on the cover, head to head with his shadow. I honestly thought this conveyed a different meaning and story entirely and boy how wrong was I.
Initially, I didn’t like A Trick of the Light. The writing felt choppy to me and I wasn’t quite understanding what was happening, so by page 50, I was getting fed up and nearly set it down. The reason I pressed on? It’s a short book, and I decided that it wouldn’t take a lot of my time to see it through to the end.
I’m so glad I saw this book through to the end. At page 60, I was telling my fiance how weird this book was. By page 80, I was hooked, because I completely got it. So, if this is a book that you’re thinking of reading, don’t give up on it. The story is a must-read.
Mike is 15-years-old and struggling at home. His parents have drifted apart and he feels like he has no one. He gets good grades, but they don’t notice him anymore, and even at school, he’s not one of the more popular kids. He struggles with identity issues, always wanting to know if people see him as fat, and suspicious when they answer too quickly, or too slowly. He’s also sick in the mind, because he listens to a voice in his head that tells him what to do, who to be friends with, and what to eat. This voice has a name: anorexia.
A Trick of the Light is a fascinating novel for a multitude of reasons: it’s in the 1st-person but it’s not narrated by Mike, it’s narrated by the sickness itself, and as the reader, we get to watch the sickness take control of him. This is such a unique look at how the anorexic mind works, and it explains the writing style. Sickness is not fluid, therefore the narration of the book cannot be fluid. It’s also interesting that the protagonist in this story is a boy and not a girl. Girls are often victimized with anorexia, because statistics show we develop it more often than boys. So to read the story of a boy with anorexia is refreshing and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Ray Harryhausen, the father of stopmotion films, is referenced a lot. I am positive there was a purpose behind this and it frustrates me that I don’t know what that is. Like, it’s just there at the tip of my brain, but I can’t grasp the concept.
Mike is fascinated with a two-headed cyclops that he draws a few times. I really connected the two-headed cyclops with his own self, and the voice in his head telling him to do bad things, like run through his hunger, or not eat.
I did think Mike’s road to recovery was not detailed enough and it felt to clean for me. I wanted it a bit messier, because by all accounts that I’ve heard, it’s never easy and it felt liked Metzger was trying to wrap the book up instead of getting nitty-gritty, but I am appreciative of the glimpse into the recovery process at all.
A Trick of the Light is a fabulous and profound book. Not only should everyone read this, but this should be on every high school reading list as well.
Holy smoking hot romance, Batman! After the back and forth of Brianna and Thomas in scorchin’ hot SiThis review is also posted at The Bawdy Book Blog.
Holy smoking hot romance, Batman! After the back and forth of Brianna and Thomas in scorchin’ hot Sin City (and ooh oooh the sins indeed!), I think I need a dip in the pool at the Wynn! Who’s gonna treat me to a trip?!
Thomas has gone to Vegas for a business trip for his marketing company when he literally saves the life of a woman about to walk into traffic because she has her nose in her cell phone. Even though he’s busy feeling sorry for himself, sparks fly when the two strangers are pressed against each other on the sidewalk…
Brianna is a powerhouse of a woman. She’s not struggling anywhere except in her love life and when she meets Thomas at the restaurant to talk business, it’s evident that both of them feel this kind of attraction to each other that is instantaneous and…explosive, hehehe.
I am not your typical romance reader. Usually the insta-love is a complete turn-off. But while I was at RT in May, someone said during a panel, that if it can happen even once, it is totally possible. This made me realize that maybe I’m not giving romances the fair shake they deserve. And along came Love Me by Diane Alberts.
The main characters are dynamite together, there was just something about them that clicked right with me and I fell in love with them and wanted them to end up together. I enjoyed the internal struggle each of them had to face before they could move on and even think about being with one another. Diane Alberts is fabulous at tormenting her characters a little before she gives her readers what they want.
I did not know this was part of a series (because I didn’t do my research like usual, duh!), so only after researching for the blog post info did I realize this was a #2. But rest assured, this can be read as a standalone, because I wasn’t lost at all. I love when that happens!
Now I need #1! Who do I have to bribe to get it?
I received this ARC in exchange of an honest review....more