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Review | Starling

by Kirsten Cram

Published : 18th November 2021

Publisher : Highway Six Press

Format : Kindle, Hardback, Paperback

Genre : Literary Fiction

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Alice Quinn's young life has never been marked by stability, and it's about to turn upside down again. When her mother decides to move from their small Canadian town to an even more remote area, Alice is left to navigate the strange and hostile community on her own.

She is befriended by a classmate named Remy, who hails from his own bleak circumstances, and the two forge a bond that helps buffer the forces prevailing against them. The story follows Alice and Remy through the every day beauties and terrors of childhood, revealing their breathtaking resilience while at the mercy of whims and cruelties beyond their control. Despite the vile treatment Alice endures at the hands of her teacher, the persecutions of a local bully, and the disturbing presence of her mother's new boyfriend, she retains an outlook on the world marked by optimism and wonder, enhanced at times by her own imagination.

Remy, enduring physical abuse at home, harbours a more cynical approach to life. Between them and with the assistance of a mysterious neighbour, the children find a haven for their bright and curious minds and the essence of meaning they are both seeking in this grim and exquisite, unpredictable world.

My Review

This story had me page-turning through the whole thing and left me with that beautiful feeling that I had just finished a book that will stay with me forever.

Every word was thought out and delicately written on the page, the author truly immerses you within her story and personally, I think this should be one of those books that sit alongside the classics. My favourite quote has to be โ€œ๐ผ ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘™๐‘–๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘™๐‘‘โ€™ so much emotion is loaded in those few words and it draws you into the atmosphere of the friendship and wants in this story. Just when you think there is no hope, hope comes along. Alice and Remy are the most lovable characters, their friendship is strong and doesn't waver in through good times and bad.

Thank you so much Kirsten for gifting me your beautiful story, it elevated my soul and touched my heart.




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