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Dark Water by Laura McNeal
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Sep 27, 11


This coming of age/young love story is a departure from the usual young adult fare. It utilizes the elemental forces of fire and water to help tell the story, enriching it for the reader by the multiple layers of meaning in the text. There is so much in this book to stimulate the mind of readers: the symbolism of the life-giving role of water, and of the dual nature of fire that simultaneously connotes death but also the opportunity for clear-cutting renewal; the question of what constitutes communication: must you use the same language? can methods of communication other than speech allow you to communicate just as well?; and the notion of home: is it where you live or with whom you love? Is it with whom you were placed by chance of birth, or with the person who can see into your very soul? And interwoven throughout is the theme of an everlasting love that admits no barriers, even when the odds of overcoming them are overwhelming.

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