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The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
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Sep 20, 2011

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bookshelves: adventure, young-adult
Recommended to Jenalyn by: College Professor
Read in January, 2011 — I own a copy

NOTE: This is the review I wrote on as "Fire Fairy"

As a Young Adult novel about a fourteen year-old girl with no friends other than her imagination, this story definitely deserves the award it recieved. Sym, a fourteen year-old girl, is obsessed with the Antarctic regions and the story of Captain "Titus" Oates, an Antarctic explorer from the 1800s. Because Sym is socially awkward, Titus has become her constant companion, filling her imagination as he accompanies her everywhere. When Sym's uncle takes her to Antarctica, Sym is thrilled. But she'll soon discover that things are not always as they seem.

This story is a definite must-have. It is a beautiful story of a young, shy, awkward girl coming to terms with herself and growing up. The transition is gradual, but by the end of the story the once-naive Sym has become an independent girl with a head on her shoulders. This story delves into Sym's inner thoughts, and her interaction with Titus is a beautiful way of showing her inner struggles with herself and the way she acts around other people.

Sensitive readers should beware, however, as the topic of sex comes up more than once, and some of the stronger language pops up here and there. Otherwise, the story is absolutely beautiful.

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