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Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Strange Year of Vanessa M. by Filipa Fonseca Silva #ReviewShare #4stars @poshpipa

The Strange Year of Vanessa M.The Strange Year of Vanessa M. by Filipa Fonseca Silva
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, the negatives. You literally have to wait for something to happen in the first half of the book. The pacing was painstakingly slow. But after you get past the first half, you won't want to put the book down. Maybe the contrast was the author's intention to further stress Vanessa's decision. It certainly felt that way to me.

Now to the positives. The plot, the characters, the ideas and the writing are worthy of an award. This book was one of the books most districts in our book club took the longest to discuss because of the issues it raised. The author has indeed created something truly amazing here.

A woman who wants to change her present life is a reflection of many people who feel trapped. Which then raises the questions of how do people deal with these emotions and where do they go. This if the first book I am reading from this author and she is definitely my new favourite author.

Plot is complex but well-developed. The characters are realistic and akin to people you know. The prose is descriptive and the concept of the book has a deep, dark undertone to it. All of this comes together in one beautiful storyline. developments, deep concepts, and one beautiful storyline. Thank you, Filipa for sharing Vanessa's story.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

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