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The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis
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Mar 03, 12

bookshelves: not-a-fan
Read from March 01 to 03, 2012

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There are only so many things that can be said about this book, the first being that I was not a fan. Although I found the premise promising, as the story progressed, and became darker and darker, I found myself getting lost. Not in a good way. Abel is such a torn and twisted character, and although everything in me wanted to like him, he is supposed to be the heroic lead after all, he was so seriously flawed that I could never get myself to that point. I wish that I could say there were some redeeming qualities in the ending, but sadly there was nothing. This is a book about a young man's life spinning out of control fast, and the girl he takes down with him. It left a bad taste in my mouth.
The writing, however, was very well done. The stories that Abel told and the actual story itself were effortlessly weft together. The mystery that runs throughout the novel is well written, and when it comes apart in the end it is definitely a surprise (which is usually the point of a mystery - correct?) The biggest problem I had was with the subject material, it was depressing not just mildly depressing either, all out pop a prozac depressing. However, even though it wasn't for me, that doesn't mean you won't like it. I think it is an accurate portrayal of how kids are growing up today, especially those that live in metropolises of both Europe and the States. However, I, the suburban white kid who loves happy endings, found the material to be slightly disconcerting, un-relateable and heavy.
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"And the girl he takes down with him?" I disagree. You say that like Abel went after Anna, when, really, it was Anna who went after Abel so much of the time. Anna was no victim. How many times did he try to push her away? And what did she do? She kept coming back, again and again and again.

Anna wanted to be there.


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