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While this book had a large cast of characters, I never had any trouble remembering who was who. I appreciated how much attention Ms. Colucci paid to all of the small details of her characters’ lives. She made them come to life so vividly in my mind that I was able to keep track of everyone even when multiple new people were introduced at the same time.
The pacing was slow. As fascinated as I was by the premise, it was difficult for me to stay interested in the storyline at times because it took so long for the main character to find any clues at all about what was happening to her skin or whether or not she had actually been adopted. It was interesting to read about the ordinary details of her daily routine like what she ate for meals, but there were so many of these scenes that they slowed down the plot and distracted me from the mysteries of this character’s life.
Reema had a complex and difficult relationship with her mother that included a lot of conflict between them as she was growing up. Some of the most memorable scenes were the ones that showed how this relationship evolved as the main character began to make her own decisions in life. I found it intriguing to see how things changed between mother and daughter over the years. Watching Reema attempt to understand why this part of her life was so complicated was one of my favorite parts of this tale.
I’d recommend She’s Like a Rainbow to anyone who is in the mood for something thought provoking.
originally posted at long and short ya reviews
I had been looking for books outside my normal reading and when Eileen offered me a copy, I accepted. The cover was what first drew me in, but when I read the blurb I thought it would be a fun story.
The allusion to the legend of the White Buffalo fits Reema’s life. The baby starts out white and changes color when he gets older. Most of us are a collection of nationalities.
Reema is a strong and determined young girl who refuses to give up on what she believes to be the truth. She shows love, patience and persistence as she seeks the answers to her questions.
All the childhood angst, plus…
The writing is wonderful and touches on many issues, such as being Muslim, and adoption.
I would highly recommend this story to people of all ages.
I voluntarily reviewed She's Like A Rainbow by Eileen Colucci.
Set in Morocco and New York, She's Like a Rainbow takes readers on a journey of discovery. Reema's inquisition into the nature of her disorder leads her down a path that not only explains her mother's apathetic behaviour throughout her life but also uncovers a shocking web of deceit that alters her life in more ways than she could ever have imagined.
The book started off very well. I got into the story right away as there was no delay in revealing Reema's condition. We learn right from the start that Reema is the black sheep of the family. We're made to believe that it's because of her fair skin tone, so when Reema's skin starts to become darker and her mother's behaviour becomes more hostile and distant, she feels confused as she believed her darker tone would have made her and her mother grow closer, being that they now looked similar. Even worse, Reema's metamorphosis attracts the wrong attention at school, and thus begins the bullying. Reema spends years trying to find a cure for her disorder but gets nowhere until she happens upon a clinic where a nurse reveals a shocking allegation that turns Reema's world upside down. Reema learns that her condition may be genetic. But how could that be when none of her family have ever exhibited such a disorder? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out.
I must say, the twist was called for. I would have given up on it had the author not gone down this route. It just brought more life to the story. It was getting boring up until the point where the twist came in. I wasn't getting much from Reema's character, and I didn't find her engaging enough. She's a girl that has experienced prejudice her entire life but she seemed neither submissive or assertive. Either one would have been fine. Her story is a compelling one but her character was lacking presence for the most part. How did her condition pave the way for the choices she made? Mostly, we get to hear what others think of Reema but what did she think of herself?
Like I said, it was great that the twist popped up when it did as it gave Reema something to yearn for. She finally started to take the lead. There was finally moments that had intentions behind them. The final few chapters of the book was a little unstimulating, so I kind of tuned out at this point, but overall, the story had a lot of depth and I enjoyed it. I would have liked it to have been a bit more visual and for Reema to have brought more of her personality to the stage so we could experience more of the internal conflict as opposed to the external conflict we were accustomed to seeing. It was a good story with an interesting premise.