Aug 24, 2011

Series: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, by Sue Hines


Sue Hines' debut novel, Out of the Shadows, has several things going for and against it, and I included the novel in my series because of it's unique characters.

Ro, a wannabe-typical Australian teenager, has a lot to overcome: her mother was gay, her mother was killed by a drunk driver, and her guardian is her mother's partner - a woman she has hated in the past. The plot gets even more convoluted: Ro's best friend, Mark, goes gaga over a new student named Jodie, who has secretly fallen for Ro.

It was sometimes hard to keep track of the different characters - even with alternating POVs - because Hines herself has a very strong point of view that shone throw most characters' narratives. At times, I felt like too much was being thrown into this story, but I was always entertained and the book reads very quickly. By the end, reconciliations abound for Ro - some are too contrived and others short and sweet.

I would recommend Out of the Shadows to reluctant readers as well as writers who are interested in experimenting with their work. Overall, Out of the Shadows is a winner and still feels current despite being fifteen years old.

9 comments:

  1. Great review! The POV switch thing can be jarring... but this book sounds really good. *adds to TBR list*

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  2. Sounds interesting! I'm always a bit jarred by alternating POV, but willing to give it a shot. I love the title. :)

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  3. I used alternating POV in A SCARY GOOD BOOK, which is unusual in MG...I really THOUGHT about not making it jarring and I hope it wasn't. This book sounds unique, which is good.

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  4. Yes, alternating POV's can be hard to perfect. I've read some that it is jarring and others where it flows naturally.

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  5. Kristen - You will like it, so would Corrine.

    Kris - This particular book just had A LOT of POVs, but it was still enjoyable.

    Anita - You did multiple POVs very well, as my upcoming review will point out.

    Kelly - Sometimes the jarring can be good, if it's right for the book, but in this case it wasn't meant to be jarring.

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  6. Jon--this sounds like an interesting book. I'd be interested in reading it for POV alone. :) Thanks for the introduction!

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  7. Wow, it must have been seriously cutting edge fifteen years ago. Thanks for the review Jon - I'm glad you're doing this series.

    I think books can be a great way to learn about the world around us, and personally, I could use more educating on how to be in this new world. How to act, what to say (so that I don't come off as trying to OVERDO the "i'm okay with you being gay" thing, ya know?). Reading books about these relationships allows me to internalize and develop a more natural belief system.

    I probably didn't make any sense, but hey, what's new?

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  8. Ali - You make perfect sense! I sometimes like reading to get more perspective on the straight male...

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