Sarah's Stars

Norah McClintock. Down
Orca  $9.95  ISBN 978-1-55143-766-8  109 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 15

I want to turn back time. I want to correct all my mistakes. I want everything to be different. But it’s too late.

Remy has just come back from being shipped off to jail for a very long time. Upon his return he realized that a lot of things, and people, had changed. His girlfriend was with another man and his mother would hardly look at him anymore. If this weren’t enough drama for one homecoming, it would seem a small war was beginning to start between his group of friends and a gang of other boys from the other side of town. The basketball court belonged to the town, but both groups seem to think that this was their property. Things are getting out of hand fast; especially when knives and cops get involved.

This book may have been short, but it leaves an impression after you have finished reading it. It is quick and easy to get through but it has a deeper meaning within its pages than larger novels do. This novel expresses many different kinds of prejudices in skin colour and between statuses in society. The author, I find, also highlights the way human beings misunderstand each other in a way that is almost dangerous. She shows us, through her story, that we can make mistakes by taking things too far or the wrong way without listening; mistakes that we can end up regretting for the rest of our lives.

Another thing that attracted me to this book in particular was the fact that the characters were so…different. They all had their own attitudes and personalities and each one played a believable part. If that wasn’t enough to capture the reader’s attention then the constant flow of emotions and action was. The fast-paced novel steps into fistfights and police chases, keeping a reader’s eyes glued to the page after page.

I would recommend this book for people ages thirteen and up. It can be harsh in language and action; but that only adds to the excitement of reading and finishing this book. It is perfect for a short sit down, or for anyone who is reluctant to start reading any kind of literature. This book will make you want to keep reading, promise.

I give Down five misunderstood stars.


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