Monday, October 18, 2010

The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston

Loa barely even recognizes her own life anymore. It's not like everything was that great before. But at least her sister was alive. She had a best friend. And the accident had never happened. The terrible accident that claimed the life of a girl she had known her entire life. Loa starts wondering what would have happened if small things over time had changed; would they have added up to a different future? Deeply hurting from the loss of her sister and the distance she feels from her parents, Loa turns to physics and science to try to understand the actions of the universe.

Everything about Loa just drips with pain. Her words, her actions, everything about her just quietly screams 'help me.' Some parts are difficult to read because of the weight that accumulates from seeing everything through Loa's eyes, but it's definitely worth it to keep reading. I really enjoyed the physics/math questions before each chapter; they didn't take me out of the reading experience but gave me a window into how Loa was processing things. This is Blythe Woolston's first novel, and I can't wait to read more.

See more about the book at Carolrhoda Lab.

Visit Blythe Woolston's blog.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff
Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick
Chuck Klosterman IV by Chuck Klosterman
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Outside of a Horse by Ginny Rorby

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