Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind
Meg Medina
Candlewick Press
[March 13, 2012]

Sonia's entire village believes she has a gift, but it's only in leaving home that she finds out who she truly is. A compelling tale from a rich new voice in young adult fiction.

Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampo was born on the night of the worst storm Tres Montes had ever seen. And when the winds mercifully stopped, an unshakable belief in the girl's protective powers began. All her life, Sonia has been asked to pray for sick mothers or missing sons, as worried parents and friends press silver milagros in her hands. Sonia knows she has no special powers, but how can she disappoint those who look to her for solace? Still, her conscience is heavy, so when she gets a chance to travel to the city and work in the home of a wealthy woman, she seizes it. At first, Sonia feels freedom in being treated like all the other girls. But when news arrives that her beloved brother has disappeared while looking for work, she learns to her sorrow that she can never truly leave the past or her family behind. With deeply realized characters, a keen sense of place, a hint of magical realism, and a flush of young romance, Meg Medina tells the tale of a strongwilled, warmhearted girl who dares to face life's harsh truths as she finds her real power.

This was definitely a different read.

Based on the summary, I assumed it was more of a fantasy read  so imagine my surprise when I realized it was more of a historical fiction read. It's in a different setting from what I'm used to, so it was a learning experience. It was out of the box and I think the fact that it was so different made it more intriguing for me.

Sonia was a really great character. She was strong and she had a big heart and she loved her family. And she learned how strong she was as the book went on and she just learned a lot about herself. Her family relationships and her relationship with a certain boy were SO well done.

The writing was pretty gorgeous. It was descriptive when needed and engaging. It's a short book because that's all there needed to be to get the point across. Meg Medina has a really good balance of description and dialogue and including what needs to be included.

This wasn't really my type of book, but I enjoyed it. It was different and entertaining and enjoyable. Kind of heavy, but quick. I liked it more than I thought I would, despite the confusion and differences from what I normally read. It's not like any YA book I've ever heard of. Definitely one for you to try out!

(Yeah, it sucks, but I'm on 4 hours of sleep and it's 1 am...yay.)

--Julie

1 comment:

  1. I thought the writing was beautiful too. The whole book was so different but gorgeous.

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