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Review by Suze
Shelby is a popular girl who doesn't have a care in the world. That changes because of an accident. Shelby survives, but her best friend isn't so lucky. She doesn't die, but she also doesn't wake up and remains in a coma. Shelby was behind the wheel and she feels terribly guilty. When a new trauma occurs shortly after the first one Shelby loses herself completely. Will she ever be able to lead a fulfilling life again or will Shelby be broken forever?
Faithful is a beautiful story. Shelby is an extraordinary girl. She's been through a lot and it defines her. She can't be anything but herself and she has an interesting personality. The beginning of her story is incredibly intense and that sometimes literally took my breath away. After that some lightness creeps in and it's starting to spread in a wonderful meaningful way. I loved Shelby from the start, she's intelligent, she has a great sense of humor and she loves Chinese food. She's fabulous and her character is far from standard. That makes the story fascinating and I was hooked from the moment her transformation begins.
Alice Hoffman knows how to tell a good story. Her main characters are always special and they surprise me every time I read one of her books. I never know what's going to happen and I love this unexpectedness. Not everything should be taken literally, there are clues and symbols that bring something extra. Even a little detail can have a significant meaning. Alice Hoffman's writing flows easily and her stories are spellbinding, within minutes I stop noticing what happens around me and I'm completely engrossed in the story. Because of this it isn't difficult to fully pay attention to what I'm reading.
Shelby is still a young girl when the accident happens. Reading about a teenager whose life is completely ruined is tough and my heart ached for her. I felt so many different emotions while reading Faithful. It's a story with plenty of layers and they're all worthwhile. Shelby is unconventional and that is what I liked about her. I loved that she doesn't pretend. Alice Hoffman's story has an amazing message, she shows her readers how important it is to be loved for who you are and to be noticed instead of being taken for granted. Faithful is another brilliant book by one of my favorite authors, I highly recommend it.