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ARC Review – If We Shadows, by D. E. Atwood

If We Shadows - D.E. Atwood

A sincere and lovely story about how it is to live in the wrong body. I was taken aback by the sweetness in this writing, and very impressed by the heart.

 

To take A Midsummer Night’s Dream, put it on a high-school stage, and have all the crazy happen for real also in the school? Nothing short of génial! Shakespeare would SO approve!

 

The language and the truths in this story were mesmerizing, and here are a couple of examples that truly made me sit down and think and feel:

 

“We fall for the face we see, and it only lasts until the truth of a person comes out.”

 

“She makes a funny little sound as she does so, and that noise hits me right in the stomach, a sucker punch of Oh, hey I like that.”

 

See, the strange thing is, this story is half in first person present, under the form of a Journal, and half in third person past, for the actual storytelling, and if you know me, you know I positively hate first person present.

 

And yet, and yet—here? It just works. Which goes to show that if you know how to write, it truly doesn’t matter what tense your prose is in.

 

What matters is what you are saying. Here, the message is clear, sweet, loving, and beautiful.

 

I’m a little bit in love with this Jordan. I’m sure you’ll fall in love too. Read it.

 

 

4.5 stars

 

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I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, Harmony Ink Press, and a positive review wasn’t promised in return.

 

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