Starfish Review

Ebook, 353 Pages
YA/ Contemporary
By: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.75

โ€œWe all have to dream our own dreams. We only get one life to liveโ€”live it for yourself, not anyone else.โ€

๐ŸŒŸ I have heard a lot of good things about Akemi’s writing style and after finishing this book I can understand why now! I will definitely read her other works.

๐ŸŒŸ Akemi’s prose is wonderful and is addicting. The story deals with many heavy objects and I think the writing was appropriate for this. I specially liked the drawing descriptions at the end of each chapter that reflected the psychological status of the MC.

โ€œI draw a girl without a face, drawing somebody elseโ€™s face onto her own reflection.โ€

๐ŸŒŸ I also liked that it had 60 short chapters. I am just a big fan of short chapters and I think they help keeping the pace right and they help in keeping me thrilled from start to finish.

๐ŸŒŸ My only problem with this book is that it dealt with too many topics at once; there was a narcissistic character, racism, social anxiety, suicidal attempt, an affair, child abuse and sexual abuse. I like a book that tries to deal with a heavy topic and that tries to deliver a message. But I felt that this one was dealing with many subjects. So beware that this is not a light read although it is a fast one. I know some readers can be triggered so I mentioned these!

๐ŸŒŸ The characters were well written and I felt that they were realistic. I just wasn’t comfortable reading about Kiki’s mom because she was bad. There are people like her IRL and I am sorry for all of those who had to deal with such mothers! I was just confused by what she had: Was it a narcissistic personality or was she psychopathic or did she have a split personality?? Until one point when Kiki EXACTLY described her as having all of these which was a bit too much.

๐ŸŒŸ Summary: Starfish was a good book with such a good writing and good representation. It dealt with a little bit too many heavy subjects so read it with care. It was a positive experience after all and I am willing to give the author’s other books a chance.


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