Monday, 23 July 2012

Book Review! Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan

Book: Love is the Higher Law
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 176 Pages
Format: Paperback Library Book

So, I wanted to read more by David Levithan and this was the only one they had at the library and I'm very glad that I picked it up! Keep reading to find out why.

Goodreads Summary

First there is a Before, and then there is an After. . . .

The lives of three teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to his parents’ frantic calls from Korea, wondering if he’s okay. Peter, a classmate of Claire’s, has to make his way back to school as everything happens around him.

Here are three teens whose intertwining lives are reshaped by this catastrophic event. As each gets to know the other, their moments become wound around each other’s in a way that leads to new understandings, new friendships, and new levels of awareness for the world around them and the people close by.

David Levithan has written a novel of loss and grief, but also one of hope and redemption as his characters slowly learn to move forward in their lives, despite being changed forever.

So what I loved about this book was the fact that none of them were, or had loved ones, who were injured or killed by the attacks, because it shows another side of the story. It shows how people who experienced it were lost and confused and hurt. And it was written so that the reactions weren't over dramatic and annoying. They were very believable.

I also loved the characters. They were well constructed and each one had a different story and a different way of looking at the attacks. I also liked how the characters were connected in very subtle ways and not like they were all brought together by the attacks, but they reached out to each other because of them.

The only problem I had was very subtle and its in every book with multiple POV's, and its that sometimes certain perspectives are less interesting than others, and i found that through the book at certain points.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book, so I'm giving it a 4/5 stars :)


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