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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    bookrelayer: Susan P

    Review: Benjamin Saenz has written a book about life struggles that are faced by to very different people that meet each other through the legal system. The reader meets the main character Andres through an introduction of him resisting arrest from police officers and all the reader knows is that Andres is drunk at the time of the incident. Through Andres¿s lawyer¿s intervention he is introduced to a psychologist Grace Delagdo. Through Grace we learn that Andres has lived a very hard life and needs Grace¿s help to face all of his demons. Andres being a beautiful but hard Mexican man Grace teaches Andres that he can¿t hide and forget his past forever. Through the hardship of Andres losing his parents and to his brother Mando moving the family of four to Juarez Mexico, the reader learns that Andres has suffered more than loss of his parents. He has lost himself in a traumatic past and may not ever regain that little boy ¿Andy¿ that lives inside him. While Grace is hearing all of these incidents that Andres goes through the reader also learns the life Grace herself has led. Grace Delagdo is no saint. She too has suffered hardships especially the death of her husband Sam and the strained relationship she has with her son Mister. Grace learns she must face cancer and decide whether life is worth living. Through listening to Andres, Grace learns that it is better to live in the light than to face each day in the dark. As Grace tries to live in the light and share with Andres the importance of living in the light, the reader is shown what matters about all situations that pertain to each character. In Perfect Light Benjamin Saenz has the reader soaking up the light as the reader sees the hardships each character of the book faces. It¿s a book that if the reader chooses to listen to, can reflect on his or her own life and decide whether the reader wants to live in the light or in the dark. A profound book that keeps the reader on the edge of the cliff and can't step back from the edge until the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Poetic Masterpiece

    In this story we are introduced to characters that will stay with us long after this book is over. I would not say that anyone is the main character but I will say that if any of them were not apart of the story the whole story would change. This was a page turner and my school work has suffered but this book was just heart breaking. Heartbreaking in a real sense because you know that so many children are faced with these events. I also think that this book is giving a voice to all the children that are sold to prostitution rings in Mexico. This was a beautiful story and all to real. Another plus to this book is that even though all the character are faced with so much horrible things there is not a single person whinning and wondering why me. I was not able to put his book down! However the first 20 pages were very busy and not clear. Stick it out it will be worth it.

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