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Irises by Francisco X. Stork
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Jul 14, 2012

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** spoiler alert ** Lots of potential in this story. I was intrigued by the sister relationship, especially the way the sisters responded after their father's death. I expected the author to delve further into the girls' newfound freedom after they no longer had to abide by the strict rules of their minister father. However, Stork took the story in another direction - too many directions, I feel. There were two blossoming romances and one failed one, one declaration of cancer, gang conflicts, end-of-life debates, college acceptances, dissolving friendships, and spiritual re-awakenings. It was too much for one book. I would have been satisfied with an exploration of Kate and Mary's parentless existence after their father's death. Coping with their mother's persistant vegetative state was an element that raised the stakes of the story, but I do not feel that it was adequately explored, nor was it satisfyingly resolved. Sometimes simple is best. Keep the story simple and dynamic, without adding in all of the other emotional factors.

(I listened to this as an audiobook.)

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