Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Zoe Letting Go. The slow realizations here coupled with a very detailed description of her mundane day-to-day are overtaken by how on her side the writing manages to make me feel. Zoe sounds so utterly reasonable and rational while everyone else so decidedly not, her mother included.
It’s the adults in her life and the girls she finds herself living with that make for the mystery. At first, it’s ‘where am I?’ Then it’s’ why am I here?’ Eventually, there’s a line drawn with her on one side and the rest on the other that had me wondering if there was more to it than just a teenage girl not owning her reality. Could it really be a conspiracy that included her isolated school for the different? Could it be something more than the sad girl with a sad past she’s running away from? Yes and no… ok, not really.
One aspect, the weightier one, is how the girls in this have their own story. How they all have their own start yet they’ve all found themselves in the same spot; all of them, dealing with their reasons, not and dealing with their truths, and scarily enough, sharing tips and how-to’s. The detail that’s put in describing what they experience and how they come out of it… all reads new to me. Yet despite the individual stories they have there’s an almost too simple manner they’re all treated. Yest, individualized is what said, but that’s not necessarily what we get. Yet despite the simplified version of things, bits of this felt unexpectedly real. Another aspect, yet equally weighty, is her owning what she’s suffering and figuring things out. It’s not as mysterious as I was thinking, but it’s not as cut and dried either. Not bad.
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