Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hate You--Graham McNamee

From the Vault
This review was originally written--handwritten no less--in October 1999 before the Age of Blogs. I'm not editing it at all because I don't believe in tampering with history. For other old reviews, click on the "From the Vault" tag.

Title: Hate You
Author: Graham McNamee
Genre: realistic fiction
Subjects: self-esteem; acceptance; family relationships

Summary: Alice is strangled by her abusive father at a very young age and her voice is affected unalterably. Though she will never be able to sing beautifully, she writes songs. Through a friendship with a girl who has a voice of an angel but is overweight and lacks self-esteem, Alice begins to accept herself and her fate. 

Critique: Well written and cleverly done. Also, a quick read but well worth it.

Recommendation: Yes.

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