- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2667 KB
- Print Length: 160 pages
- Publisher: Bang2Write (26 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IOSZZ7I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #864,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Decision: Lizzie's Story (The Decision Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Lucy Hay has a sharp eye for telling detail and an almost pathological awareness of the discrepancy between human potential and actual achievement within the constricting contexts of family and social class. It hurts like Hamlet, and Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.
The action is intimately observed, each character scrupulously and minutely drawn. Lizzie tells this story in all its manifestations, and each time you are convinced it must be largely autobiographical with the kind of descriptive detail one associates with someone’s personal reality – e.g. “I could see all five of my sisters, their eyes wide, at least one of them delighted I had fallen from grace with such a bump.” I could quote a hundred more examples.
For all those reasons I was SO not ready for what happened 22% into the story. I won’t give it away, but it is extraordinarily effective. I saw that technique employed in a film once, but I don’t recall having come across it in a book. I think it works spectacularly well.
This is an important book about the human condition. It doesn’t run along the tramlines of a predictable genre, preferring instead to follow the urgings of Lucy Hay’s heart, her scrupulous and endearing honesty, her superb eye and very sharp ear. How many Lizzie’s can there be? Well one, of course, but layered, deep, analytical and sensitive to the nth degree.
“Lizzie’s Decision” should be required reading for all teens (Michael Gove take note!). It’s a very thought-provoking and deeply enjoyable read.
The way the book is written allows us to see how different scenarios play out, and explore the choices and consequences that a young woman in Lizzie's position is faced with. It examines the many nuances in this situation, avoiding the 'easy' moralistic or paternalistic approach that many people leap to when thinking about young adults having unplanned pregnancies.
This would be a great read not only for teenagers, but parents of teenagers too. It's easy for adults to dismiss the degree of reasoning skills and emotional intelligence possessed by young people and this novel is a great reminder of just how mature many almost-adults are when they need to be! Lizzie has a huge decision to make, and in this book every possible outcome is identified and explored.
Recommended to anyone is a young person, knows a young person, or simply lives in a world with young people!