Sunday, September 02, 2012

Chasing the Falls (eBook) by C. Leigh Purtill


Lila is a relatively normal girl living in Ladder Falls, Massachusetts, who cares lovingly for her sick, single mother. When her mother s cancer becomes too powerful, Lila is left with a funeral and an uncaring father who lives on the opposite coast. Lila is quickly sent to live with her father, Lionel, as much as she despises him. At first, Lila can t understand why he would use his talent of photography to capture pictures of movie stars and sell them to the media. Lila and her mother had always shared the obsession of photography but had always disapproved of her father s decision to photograph only for money.  When Lila begins to accompany her father on some of his frequent outings to capture shots for the media, however, she starts to comprehend why he still engages in his unsuccessful, perilous, and widely detested career.  Before long, Lila has begun to weave her way into a life with her father, but not before she faces some serious questions about what she wants, what is right, and who she is.When I first starting reading Chasing The Falls , I expected to be disappointed. The main character seemed grossly undeveloped, and the plot seemed dreary and undefined. But it didn t take C. Leigh Purtill long to get the book moving. By the end of the book, I was thoroughly pleased with both the characters and the plot. The writing was so strong that I frequently felt frustrated when Lila made terrible decisions, and delighted when she made the correct ones. At the beginning of the book, Lila is understandably upset and disoriented. More important, however, are her lack of friends and lack of confidence.  With time, the character grows; she gathers friends and  courage, and finally, at the end of the book, Lila has blossomed into a intricate, unwavering, character.  Surprisingly, my favorite character is Erika. Girlfriend of the Hollywood paparazzi, I expected her to be a vicious, lip-sticked tyrant. But she turns out to be a kind, funny and empathetic woman. Throughout the book, Lila questions her father s choices and his character. But I felt that Erika s compassion and devotion to Lionel forshadowed the fact that in the end, Lila s father means well, despite his career. This book was interesting and fun to read, and I think I will definitely read it again sometime.Reviewer Age:13Reviewer City, State and Country: Eagle River, Alaska United States

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