Sunday, March 21, 2010
Hold Love Strong (1)
Author: Matthew Aaron Goodman
Publisher: Touchstone, Simon & Schuster
A tough situation - a place where very young teenage pregnancy is the norm. Should be sad, but it's actually funny. Not tasteless funny! But instead of pitying the young mother and her family, you feel like they're real people, and their personalities shine through so strongly! Funnily enough, the narrator, who is only being born and a baby in this section, has a strong voice already! I especially like: "...my grandma cut my umbilical cord and left me the ugliest outie the world has ever seen." The insertion of his view on his birthing process - how funny is that!
There is a wry undertone to all the events. But at the same time, there is a certain loving tenderness. When describing how his five-year-old cousin takes care of him, he transforms what should be pathetic - one child taking care of another - into a special bond between the two of them.
Can't wait to read more of this.