Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Book review - A Possibility of Whales

Title: A Possibility of Whales
Author: Karen Rivers
Genre: realistic fiction
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doesn't live up to possibility

Summary (provided by publisher): The story of a girl who—thanks to her friends, her famous dad, and a chance encounter with a whale—learns the true meaning of family.
Twelve-year-old Natalia Rose Baleine Gallagher loves possibilities: the possibility that she’ll see whales on the beach near her new home, that the boy she just met will be her new best friend, that the photographers chasing her actor father won’t force Nat and her dad to move again. Most of all, Nat dreams of the possibility that her faraway mother misses and loves Nat—and is waiting for Nat to find her.
The thing is, Nat doesn’t even know who her mother is. She left Nat as a baby, and Nat’s dad refuses to talk about it. Nat knows she shouldn’t need a mom, but she still feels like something is missing.
In this heartfelt story about family, friendship, and growing up, Nat’s questions lead her on a journey of self-discovery that will change her life forever.

My opinion: The narrative is somewhat scattered. This lack of cohesion means that it can be hard to pin down what we're meant to take away from the plot. While there are a number of interesting events and elements nothing takes center stage. We see the pressures of fame, changing friendships and puberty, and the importance of identity. It's just never presented in a cohesive package. And the finals scenes are almost entirely divorced from reality.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley

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