Saturday, August 27, 2016

REVIEW: Naming the Stars by Susan Koefod

**(2) out of 5 stars

"16-year-old Mary-Louise comes home from swimming lessons one day to find she is absent from family photographs, her bedroom has turned into a linen closet, and all of her possessions have disappeared. More troubling, her family goes on as if she never existed. The only person in town who can actually see her is a boy she calls Fish, a YMCA swimming instructor, but Fish is hiding from a troubled past and the person he sees is entirely different from who she thought she was. The girl he sees is entirely different from the insecure, unattractive girl Mary-Louise thinks of herself. The teens discover the photo of a spirited, beautiful young woman photographed many years before—Pearl—who exactly resembles the girl Fish sees. The truth about Pearl’s identity is the key to discovering why Mary-Louise has disappeared and why Fish left home, but his fears of being discovered are preventing him from helping Mary-Louise, after all, no one can see or hear her."

I just do not get this story. At all. I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi; I especially like all of those far out concepts like time travel, quantum flux, temporal anomalies and the like. But this book just did not make any sense to me at all. There was so much back and forth, mixing and matching, shifting around, of characters and times and places, that it all just made me dizzy. I felt like I was reading at least three different stories that wanted to make a coherent plot all fit together, but that just never quite made it.

I received a free eBook copy of this title from Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.

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