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Review: If We Shadows

The First Book by a Favorite Author: If We Shadows by D.E. Atwood

Born female, all Jordan wants is to slip under the radar and live the last year of high school as a boy. His parents and siblings support him, but he’d rather be recognized for his acting and musical talents than his gender issues.

When Shakespeare’s Puck gives him three magical potions—true sight, true seeming, and true love—Jordan discovers being true to himself isn’t as simple as he thought.

Jordan must navigate the confusion of first love, a controversial role in the fall musical, and his transgender identity, while fairy magic creates a net of complications over everything he does. In order to unweave the spells laid over his friends—his supportive older brother, James, his playwright friend, Pepper, and Maria, another transgender student—Jordan needs to understand exactly how far he’ll go to reach his goals of finding true love, true sight, and true seeming.

I first stated the book a while ago, but after a chapter got distracted with other things. This weekend I decided to pick it up again and just devoured it. The characters are well thought out and developed. Very deep and the reader is able to get into all of their heads. The pacing was great and the conflict built in a well developed fashion. The topic isn’t something I understand, personally, but I feel this book gave me a good look into how gender questioning affects people. At first I felt that the magic aspect was unnecessary and distracted from the story. I wanted to understand these characters as real people and see how the same basic story could be told without that aspect. But it was close enough to magic realism that it all worked out, story-wise, at the end. Overall a great book, top notch. But I’d expect nothing less from this author.

Rating: A+

2014 Reading Bingo

A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
A Book by a Female Author
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
A Book of Short Stories
Free Square A Book Set on a Different Continent
A Book of Non Fiction
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover

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