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 saysI 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 residentsThe writing is lyrical and this is a book not to be rushed through.  I relished every word of Maya's NotebookHighly recommended.


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