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Forgetting Places by S.P. Somtow
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Nov 20, 2008

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bookshelves: young-adult-fiction

After reading the book, I'm still not sure if there were any "real" elements of fantasy...which is part of the point of the story, as I understood it.
The story is about teen suicide, among other things. The death of a boy throws his whole family for a loss, especially his younger brother, who watches his parents squabble about trivia instead of dealing with death and loss. So, the younger brother begins the strangest personal quest I've read in years. Most of the story is well-written and interesting. What kept me from giving it a higher rating were two odd flaws: the "romance" story line, which didn't ring true, and the one element of possible fantasy, a story about a group of psychics, which just got dropped without resolution.
So, good but not great.

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