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Posted June 12, 2007
At first, I was going to give this book a four star rating but I could not. That is because some of the things he talks about are things that has been portrayed over and over again... but never had I seen it portrayed like this. He talks about non-fiction situations and injects them within a fictional story. If one does not read the aptly named 'Author's Reflections' one will miss a vital opportunity to connect with the author in more ways than one. I was initially reluctant to order this book. I am sixty-one years old. Some of the topics he covers give off a feeling of 'been there, done that'. I had to look past that. Even though I have personally experienced the type of situations he talks about, that does not mean that I am apathetic to what he is expressing simply because I have been there before. That is an injustice on my part. As I was reading, I kept getting the notion that his main goal was to get people to relate and to think while he vented. Broken hearts, destroyed friendships, friction between parent and sibling, death of a loved one, and independence are just a few topics that he explores¿ and that is just half of it. As you can tell by the book description and cover art, his book contains elements of the supernatural. Demons, alternate realities and worlds, all play a prominent role is this story. This is the other half. I've seen my fair share of movies and read my fair share of books portraying demons and other worlds, but never had I'd seen it portrayed so realistically that it is, dare I say¿ believable? Why are there demons in this world? Why does one wish to merge with the main character? The answers surprised me. When was the last time you read an effective 320-page novel, written entirely in the first person perspective, by a young man whom was only seventeen? His choice of words are penetrating and they flow so beautifully. For example, Chapter 14, which is called 'Gemini and Cancer', made me shed tears of contemplation. I think of my own son and wished that he would come and talk to me and let me know how he feels instead of always bottling his feelings up. We never really bonded like father and son are supposed to do. The main character, which is symbolically the author himself, must have a strong bond with his own father to express himself so powerfully yet be respectful about it at the same time. We parents always want our children to listen to us but when do we take the time and really listen to them? I have a feeling that the author was crying himself as he wrote Chapter 14. It is the most emotional chapter out of this book and by far my favorite. The author made me angry, he made me happy, he made me sad, he made me think. My emotions, my thoughts were taken on a ride and it is a ride that I never believed that a mere teenager could take me on. The maturity of his words and his realistic outlook and way of thinking is not what I expected from someone so young. Though the book is geared towards the teenage and young adult crowd, the book can be enjoyed by anybody mature enough to handle what he is talking about and describing. Be warned: The story can get extremely violent and there are sexual situations but it is nothing that you have not seen in a R-rated movie so don't let that deter you. 'Reflections' is outstanding. It deserves more exposure for it is entirely unknown. If I were Guillermo Del Toro 'Director of Pan's Labyrinth', I would approach the author and try to persuade him to let me make this into a movie. Mr. Woods, I commend you. Detroit should be proud of you¿ I am proud of you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.