5.0 out of 5 stars An Exemplary Work of Free Expression July 24, 2013
This is a most exemplary work, a real joy to read. I have to say that it’s significantly better than the previous one I’ve read from this author. The colour, depth and vitality of both the writing and the narrative is stunningly good: the exploration of motives, outlooks and hopes of the characters quite intoxicating.It struck me strongly that Tahlia Newland has given herself over to free expression in her writing, one that’s allowed her true and honest voice to come through unguarded into the prose. The work is of an order of magnitude better for it. What made it so noticeably more powerful for me was the unflinching handling of human emotions, desires, foibles and addictions, and the clarity and richness of the framework in which they were set, and indeed the manner of their resolution. An expertly balanced delivery.In many ways, I feel this work sits outside the traditional genre of YA, as I understand it, and ranks as a true work of literary accomplishment. I do not, by this, mean to decry its suitability for young adults, for many will draw from it the depths of meaning and insight more normally appreciated by the more mature reader.I have no hesitation in recommending this work to both young and old, it deserves to do well.