Friday, October 14, 2011

Review: The Angel by Nastasha LaBrake

ISBN #: 978-1452829807
Page Count: 280
Copyright: 2010


Seth Salvadore-Knight knew that his family wasn't exactly "normal," but he didn't think his life was really all that different from other seventeen-year-olds'.  There were no unusual difficulties in his life, just the average problems all teenagers experienced.  That was, until he and his family moved to the town of Madison.  Almost instantly the hatred began to show, through violent attacks against him, his family and his friends.  It is this violence, this hatred, that will forever change his life and the lives of those closest to him.

Charlene's Review:

Seth's family seems fine to him, but moving to a new town with his two adoptive dads and little sister opens up a whole new reality.  His neighbors repeatedly try to break up the family, and a bully at school targets him and his friends.  Finding strength in a group of friends, from differing backgrounds, Seth wages war on the school bully, which ultimately leads him to a fight for his life, and that of the girl he loves.

The Angel is the first in the series "Madison", targeted to the young adult audience.  Simply written, its focus is on bullying, prejudice, and the trials of a teen boy trying to find acceptance for his family and friends.  While I found some of the circumstances, and the openness of the teenage characters in regards to their sexual identities somewhat unbelievable, (who is that willingly open and and highly developed in high school?) the theme that holds it all together is equality.  The Angel is a happy-ending story of hope.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review The Angel. I really appreciate it. And you're right, I admit that some parts are a tad unbelievable, but my goal was for an inspiring story as a whole. You summed it up perfectly with "a happy-ending story of hope."

    Thanks so much!


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