Sunday, November 22, 2009

Camilla by Madeleine L'Engle

Camilla is a wonderful book about a teenage girl who is discovering herself and the world around her. While experiencing her first crush, she learns to cope with fighting with her best friend, the ugliness of war, and how relations are so very delicate. Her tough decisions into adulthood first take place when she finds out her mother is not being very loyal to her father. The avalanche of choices falls from there.
This book was beautifully written and quite serious. The author had a very special and interesting view on God, adulthood, and life, in general. Even though this was a good book, it was quite slow. It took a lot for me to sit down and read it, partly because the book's events were more negitive than positive. It involves cheating, suicide attemps, and the like, so it is not really a childrens' book. In essence, it is a book about growing up.
The book had a suicide attempt, the mother cheated, and it had references to alcohol and abuse.
Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Lake Bluff, IL United States of America