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The Effects of Light by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
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Apr 17, 2012

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

9/9/11 - I liked this book a lot -- more than I'd expected to. I wasn't going in with bad expectations, but I wasn't familiar with the author & hadn't really heard any hype, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. Told from alternating viewpoints of two sisters, one in the present & one in the past, the story is gradually unfolded and presents a complicated and somewhat controversial subject matter. The two sisters, as children, are the subject of a family friend's artistic photography. Because many of the photos include the girls without clothes on & because the photos are eventually publicly displayed, there are varied opinions expressed by the public. There's a lot to this story, including some mystery, so I don't want to reveal much as far as storyline. I like the fact that it was a multi-layered novel, but that's also one thing that I think wasn't quite pulled together as well as it could've been. It seemed some aspects of the novel really didn't add much to the story and were almost unnecessary. I also found the main character a little bit fickle with the way she built relationships with people -- one minute acting one way, and then changing her mind the next. But overall, an impressive and enjoyable debut novel. Also should prompt good discussion.

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