Title: A Trick of the Light
Author: Lois Metzger
Summary: Mike Welles had everything under control. He was a good student, an outfielder on the baseball team, a good son, a loyal friend. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they’re getting confusing at school. He’s losing his sense of direction, and he feels like a mess. Then there’s a voice in his head. A friend, trying to help him regain control. More than that: The voice can guide him to be better and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.
My Thoughts: A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger is a well-written story about a teenage boy who struggles with anorexia. My absolute favorite thing about the book is that it’s in first-person, from the perspective of the voice in his head. The one pushing him to be better, stronger, fitter. What amazes me is how subtly the voice convinces Mike that there are some changes that must be made. Time to find new friends, not rely on anyone, and work, work, work to be stronger, faster, better.
Despite the book’s heavy subject matter, it’s an amazingly quick read. Not only is it shorter, but it also is written so smoothly that reading a large chunk of it is possible in a smaller amount of time. I probably got through the whole thing in around three hours. Possibly less. (I was unable to read straight through, so this is my best guess.)
My biggest complaint is that I felt it should have been longer. It ends in a way that you can pretty confidently guess the outcome to all of this. But I really would have liked maybe an Epilogue from Mike’s perspective. Some of his thoughts on the whole ordeal, as well as where he is “now” – whenever the Epilogue would be taking place. But, we do not get this. It ends somewhat abruptly. While things are mostly tied up, I wasn’t completely satisfied.
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
Read It: A Trick of the Light is scheduled for release around June 18, 2013. You can pre-order your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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