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This book was AWESOME!! I loved it!!! This book kept me reading and wanting more. I thought this book was good because in a way I could relate to Astra. I mean not the part about being sick but the part about not being able to dance. This book really made me stop and think about all the things that I can do and not all the things I can't do. I can dance in my entire dance in all my dance shows, unlike Astra who can't dance because she has that really bad disease there for causing her not to dance. My feelings about this book were very sad. They were sad because I felt like I could have done something to help her and to be her friend because she didn't have any friends. So I felt like she needed a friend. Those are my thoughts and feeling about this book. I would recommend this book to teenage girls, especially girls who take dance classes and love the sport of dance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 15, 2009
An insightful read
All Souls is an amazing character development of a group of girls in a private school who are touched by the seemingly terminal illness of one of their friends. The interplay between the friends and themselves, the sick girl, and their parents, mirrors many of the issues that face families and students today, even though the novel is set many years before.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
All kinds of jealousies occur. An overwhelming desire of several senior girls to get into Brown makes the college plans of others in the class seem less worthwhile until the end of the book. Those who considered themselves "the best friend," of the sick young girl are nonplussed by the fact that the outcast of the group is the only one who actually visits her regularly. Two teachers, who can never seem to address their actual feelings, find catharsis in their visits to the hospital. And, one friend actually addresses the true fate looming, even though she does so in blunt and untactful words.
For the reasons outlined above, and the dysfunctional family situations portrayed, the characters of this novel amuse, entertain, sadden, and challenge the reader. But, the real value of the book is the fact that the reader has to stop cold several times and ask, "have I acted like that?", "do I feel like that?", "has my life been like that?"
There are so many mirrors placed before the reader that this book continues to bring pause long after the last page is read.