Faithful

By Alice Hoffman

Faithful: A Novel by [Hoffman, Alice]

4 out of 5 stars

I am so lagging behind on this review. Sorry! I was spending the week with my daughter and grandson in Florida. I did finish this the beginning of the week and then all hell broke loose after the election and my mind as been occupied. Now back to the work at hand, the review.

I will start it off by saying that I am a huge Alice Hoffman fan. I have said it before and I will say it again, I have never met an Alice Hoffman book that I did not like. This was no exception.

Shelby Richmond was a normal high school teen, rather popular, pretty, smart. She was living her life until a car accident changes it all. Her best friend is left in a coma and she blames herself. She is burdened with guilt and her life is changed dramatically. She tries to kill herself, she is hospitalized, she withdraws into a shell of who she might have been. Her loving mother is always at her side but Shelby cannot see past her self-loathing. Her only friend seems to be the boy she gets her pot from. There does seem to be another someone looking out for her, a person, her angel, that sends her postcards that say things like D0 Something,  Believe Something.

Her life goes on and by bits and pieces, we see Shelby grow and change. Can she ever be whole again?

There were so many times while reading that I wanted to hug my book and tell her that it was okay. The times she said she was nothing, oh, that broke my heart. But you can’t make someone see something they aren’t ready to and the book really took us on the process of watching her heart soften, even when she hadn’t realized it did. Alice Hoffman always has a magical quality to her books and this one does as well in a way. Shelby just doesn’t realize that, as in the Wizard of Oz, the magic was always there inside her. I highly recommend this book. In this day and age of so much anger and hate, we can all use some hope and acceptance.

I happily received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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