Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Young Adult E-book

Demons [e-book available on Amazon], by Bill Nagelkerke, Achukabooks, 2012

This short novel, with its reflective tone and cerebral themes, is very much a crossover novel between YA and adult literature – probably best tackled by readers in their late teens. Andrea, aged 22, is about to set off from New Zealand on her OE. She looks back on the events and revelations that shaped her personality during her adolescent years: her uneasy relationship with the Catholic Church, her love for her strong-minded grandmother, her changing attitudes towards her parents, and her teenage love affair with Christopher. The focus of the story moves backwards and forwards through time, examining significant moments in Andrea’s life. It’s interspersed with quotes from Christopher’s diary (he’s a dedicated intellectual, a self-styled classics geek). The prose is polished and readable, and the author handles the non-linear timeframe with aplomb. Fans of popular mainstream YA literature would probably find it too analytical, but young adults who like intellectual challenges (Why can’t women be priests? Is there life after death?) will find it interesting and thought-provoking.

Read an excerpt here.

Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

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