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Belonging is a collection of short quirky stories. From teen romances to the supernatural among other literary gems. You will encounter Jun as he meets Ming and promises to love her to his dying father. Who knew rare flowers could change your life? You will also meet Blaine who is rejected by Rebecca twice for different reasons. It is safe to say that it is not his poverty or his wealth, it is him. She is just not that into him. There is also Danny and the girl who faked amnesia. Learning French so he can profess his love to Gayle despite having messed everything up so royally. Then you will meet Judy and the boys who stumble upon something strange while scouring for party things. Not to mention Draquela and her sass. Each story a fun tale of one thing or another.

The one thing that is common throughout the book is the vivid imagery the writer applies. For example, “luminous moon suspended over gentle tranquil waters”. Not only does this sentence embrace you like warm fleece, but it also creates an image in your mind that places the characters right where they need to be. The writer knows how to set a scene. The very first story brings some of Oscar Wilde’s greatest works to mind.

These stories all portray people who belong with others. While this may not be the thematic intention, it still shines through. Ming and Jun belong with each other despite the circumstances that brought them together. Judy and the boys belong in their little group despite all the flirting. Blaine did not belong with Rebecca. If he had recognized this sooner perhaps he would have been able to find where he does. We all belong somewhere.

These are wonderful short stories. Perfect for a slow day to just enjoy. However, the prose in some of the stories is a tad jerky. This means that the setting changes abruptly with little warning. Some of them feel a bit rushed. The book and the stories are still enjoyable though. They are interesting with relatable characters. Most of the characters may be teenagers but they represent something we all recognize in ourselves.

Pages: 86


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