Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fading by Heather Kirchhoff Review

I was recently given an ecopy of this book to review by the author, and I have to say that I enjoyed this story very much.
            This short story tells the life of a young girl who is diagnosed of cancer. If it sounds sad already, just wait because it gets worse. Not only does she battle cancer, but she is told that it will end up killing her, and she doesn’t have much time left. The story follows her relationships with her mother and best friend as she tries to accept her disastrous fate.
            The first thing I loved about this story was the second person narrative. It was unique and different and it gave the story a more personal, and at the same time detached feeling. The story read as someone reading the story to the main character, and at the same time also the reader, and I thought it was executed very well.
            I think it portrays a very emotional topic beautifully and realistically. The characters are relatable and don’t seem stereotyped or fake, which I really appreciate.
            The only thing I wished is that the characters got a little bit more development. Since the story is short, it doesn’t have the time to fully develop the characters much past their surface personalities. The story is really only a snapshot of her life and leaves most of the lives of the characters to the reader’s imagination.
            Still, the story is beautifully written, and I very much enjoyed it.


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