I read almost every genre & I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory. As a library volunteer, I'm constantly bringing home novels. Being a substitute teacher, I read lots of YA & children's books.
Whatever I write here for my review will not give this book the justice it deserves. I listened to this book as I made my way down the road and then sometimes I sat just waiting in my car for that “one more chapter” to finish up, as I just couldn’t leave my new adopted family and go about my life until I felt comfortable shutting the door and walking away. I found myself replying and talking to them as if I was a individual in their lives, a person they knew, someone who mattered, and I knew exactly or I thought I knew exactly what was about to be spoken. The energy coming from my speakers filled me with adrenaline, I will miss my new family as I know their journey is far from being over but my CD’s told me otherwise.
Astrid was good at keeping secrets, almost too good. When her friend’s secrets finally get revealed, she’s the one who suffers. For Astrid, she was real, she was true, and she was only being honest with herself and with others. Astrid, she a girl who was deciding who she was, deciding who she wanted to be, deciding where she fit in, and deciding whether she was gay or not. Seeing her imaginary friend Frank Socrates, she navigates her way, she fights through with sarcasm and truth where others hide, deny or used others. I enjoyed every character of this book, they where a complete package. So much could be said about this book, so go listen to it. Listen, really listen and hear what she says. Her comments hit hard, they come from the heart, and she’s discovering herself and the world around her. Something we all need to stop and do.