Lovely, Dark, and Deep
Viola has just returned from Ghana with her Auntie Ruth, a dream trip for a girl who fantasizes about becoming a foreign correspondent. However, she develops an acute sensitivity to light, probably from the preventive medicine required to go overseas. She can’t even use her computer or scroll through her phone’s apps! Her parents go into overdrive, changing out their lightbulbs and installing window shades and removing her from school. Her aunt becomes overly apologetic, her younger sister is stubborn and non-conforming, and her friends are wary as Viola’s life unravels; Viola is stuck at home, indoors, with very little light. Her salvation may come in the form of a broken boy, with a secret past and a shared interest in a comic that may help heal them both of their hurts.
Though just about ten percent of people suffer a similar light allergy as Viola; the condition creates a perfect scenario for character growth. Viola responds like any restricted teenager would, with fits of rage and depression, hope and love. Her actions and reactions make her a memorable character, one with which many readers will identify or empathize. Lovely, Dark and Deep is truly excellent.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Page Count||352 pages|
|Publisher||Arthur A. Levine Books|
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