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A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell
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I liked the story, but there were many times the words and phrases seemed unrealistic to me. It became a distraction because those began to jump out at me.

For instance: "My ten-speed bicycle is a smoky, silvery blue, and it's beautiful. I caress the frame, lovingly squeeze the tires." I don't know about you, but I have never caressed a bike before.

"The rest of the week flies by, and I am buoyed my Ms. Calico's praise and encouragement and by Rachel's cheerful banter." Do fourteen year olds use words like 'buoyed' and 'banter' in everyday conversation? For that matter, do any adults use those words in everyday conversation?

"I fall onto my bed in a flood of blistering tears. I don't know where all this anger, this vitriol comes from." Vitriol? I am certain I have never used that word in a sentence.
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