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Friday, March 16, 2012

Review: The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina

Publication: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 256
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Magical Realism

Sonia's entire village believes she has a gift, but it's only in leaving home that she finds out who she truly is. A compelling tale from a rich new voice in young adult fiction.

Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampo was born on the night of the worst storm Tres Montes had ever seen. And when the winds mercifully stopped, an unshakable belief in the girl's protective powers began. All her life, Sonia has been asked to pray for sick mothers or missing sons, as worried parents and friends press silver milagros in her hands. Sonia knows she has no special powers, but how can she disappoint those who look to her for solace? Still, her conscience is heavy, so when she gets a chance to travel to the city and work in the home of a wealthy woman, she seizes it. At first, Sonia feels freedom in being treated like all the other girls. But when news arrives that her beloved brother has disappeared while looking for work, she learns to her sorrow that she can never truly leave the past or her family behind. With deeply realized characters, a keen sense of place, a hint of magical realism, and a flush of young romance, Meg Medina tells the tale of a strongwilled, warmhearted girl who dares to face life's harsh truths as she finds her real power.
*Galley was provided for an honest review*

I've been sitting in a pit in the ground rehersal for my school's musical and figured I could knock out a few books when I don't play. With all the spanish that was being thrown around during West Side Story and my mediocre education of i for four years I was excited to read The Girl Who Could Silent The Wind, not just for the premise but also to put my dusty spanish to the test in some minute sections when words were thrown around.

When coming into the story you are subjected to the introduction of Sonia, the prideful, opportunistic, and reliable main character who is known as "the girl who silence the wind" within her little town. Being dubbed this name because of the calm winds her birth had brought during a horrible raging storm. Though being called this and known as a prophetic child of the town, Sonia really does not have what they all believe she has. And thus our story begins.

Getting into the story I was captivated and adore the strong personality that Sonia emitted but the farther in and the transition into the capital sent a rift between Sonia and I. She started to lack, her actions and reactions didn't sit right with me, and the bland secondary characters also failed to captivated me later on into the story. It gave a strong start but withered like a flower lacking water.

The writing though was absolutely beautiful. If writing alone could do it, I would have been instantly captivated and fallen head over heels. Unfortunately, I wish that was all it took for me to like a novel. But with more cons than pros, I have to say, and after really wanting to enjoy this and having high expectations, that the cons outweigh the pros in my decision. 

First Line: The curse on Sonia Ocampo's life came without warning before she was even born, cleverly disguised as good luck. 

Story: B

Cover: S

1 comment :

Stephanie Verhaegen said...

The title sounds wonderful but too bad you didn't enjoy it more. Great review!

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