Thursday, April 10, 2008

Book Review #40
Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vande Velde
Rating: two stars (out of four)

Raquel is the kind of girl who is invisible to the rest of her classmates in school. When she is hit by a car and killed, suddenly everybody has an opinion about Raquel. Told from the perspectives of her best friend, her parents, classmates and the woman who was driving the car that hit her, each chapter offers a brief look about how Raquel was viewed when she was alive.

I was eager to read this book because Vivian Vande Velde is one of my favorite authors. The story is told in an interesting perspective and I liked the originality of the format, but I was disappointed in the overall feel of the book. I thought that it could have been a really thought-provoking read, but at the end I wasn't very impressed. The characters didn't seem up to par with Vivian Vande Velde's normal standard and I didn't feel any emotional attachment to Raquel. Not Vivian Vande Velde's best work, but definitely not something that should be shunned, read if you are a die hard fan of her work.

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