Monday, August 19, 2013
Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende
Maya's Notebook: A Novel, Isabel Allende. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2013. e-book, 315 pps.
Maya Vidal is a teen who got into big trouble after the death of a beloved family member. The bad guys-- along with the F.B.I.-- were after her and this necessitated her escape to a small island off of the coast of Chile. While there, she discovers a different way of being. The title refers to a notebook or a journal that Maya is keeping while she is on the small island. Maya's entries at first are much like those that I would expect from a recently traumatized victim-- detached with evidence of hyper-vigilence peeking through. As Maya heals, her entries reflect this healing and become more colorful and emotional.
sapphoq reviews says: I found Maya's character to be likeable and the novel to be accurate in its' depiction of island life within a somewhat insulated yet deeply caring society of residents. The writing is lyrical and this is a book not to be rushed through. I relished every word of Maya's Notebook. Highly recommended.