Thursday, January 8, 2009

Flower Children by Maxine Swann

Told through the eyes of Maeve, the second oldest of four children, Flower Children is a story of childhood, innocence, maturity, and exploration. The story itself is heavily influenced, if not completely derived from the author's own childhood. Maeve and her three siblings grew up in household where nothing is secret. Everything is open for honest discussion and nothing is discrete. The parents both come from wealthy families, both with ivy league degrees. Though they are sometimes brought into this world, the children mostly enjoy the comforts of their care-free and unconventional lifestyle. I rather enjoyed reading Flower Children with one exception; Swann begins to lead the reader into adolescence, then abruptly stops at childhood and ends the story. I think a continuation through high school would have given more character depth and development, especially given the way Swann ends the book.

Next up is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

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