The Way The Light Bends
from Penguin Random House...
novel in verse about fitting in, standing out, defining your own
self-worth, and what it takes to keep a fracturing family whole.
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This is the story of Linc, a teenage girl, struggling at high school and finding it hard to meet her family expectations. Linc has a difficult relationship with her mother who thinks grades are all important and does not see Lincís true passion. Linc is a gifted artist, adept at photography which is her calling, but this does not help her GPA. In secret she attends photography classes on Saturdays and has applied for an art school using money stolen from her parents. Linc is also finding her once close relationship with her sister, Holly, adopted from a Ghanaian orphanage, is becoming more distant. Linc will never be able to compete with her academic sister nor live up to her parentís academic goals for her. All this is made much worse when a long-ago family secret is revealed and Lincís misdemeanours are found out.
Cordelia Jensen has written a compelling novel in verse, full of realistic situations and tender moments. As a reader you get into the head of the main character, Linc. Other characters are secondary and only seen from Lincís point of view. The struggle Linc faces with her school work and the contentment she feels when pursuing her photography is heartfelt and as a reader you truly feel for her. I liked how things did not always work out for Linc which added authenticity to the story. Hidden family secrets explained some of the relationship issues presented and I liked how the story ended on a good note. A great read!