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Good family drama
on 2 May 2017
I found it really interesting to read one of Pullman's earlier works. This tells the story of Ginny, a 16 year old living in Wales with her dad and the fallout from a long kept and recently revealed family secret. I liked Ginny a lot. She's pretty self-obsessed, but not to her detriment and she does display true empathy and kindness when push comes to shove. The plot is good, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested, while at the same time, being a fairly gentle family drama. There are some good explorations on the nature of race, homosexuality and a really interesting focus on art and artists, which I found particularly compelling. His Dark Materials this is not, but then it never pretends to be and I think it is a perfectly good YA novel as is.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.