Book Review: A Trick of the Light

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Jessica Wei, K-3 Classroom Highlights Editors

2014 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

 

 

“A Trick of the Light is a masterpiece of narrative voice, riveting from beginning to end. I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like it. Stunningly original and profoundly insightful, this book has touched me as a reader and inspired me as a writer.” ~ James Howe author of Addie on the Inside.

 

“A Trick of the Light is a masterpiece of narrative voice, riveting from beginning to end. I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like it. Stunningly original and profoundly insightful, this book has touched me as a reader and inspired me as a writer.” ~ James Howe author of Addie on the Inside.In the book, A Trick of the Light, the author, Lois Metzger draws the reader into a modern day story but with a twist. It is about a boy named Mike Welles, who lived an ordinary life until a friend came to help him and a voice came to persuade him. His family condition however has worsened his father is always at the gym and his mother sleeps and baths for very long periods. Ever since he bought a mirror, his life began to change. The way he thinks and the friends he chooses became different. As as a result, he became friends with a very usual girl. She seems to know all about being healthy and eating right. What he doesn’t know that she has a eating disorder. From her influence and the voice, Mike develops a habit of pushing his limits without eating specific foods. Because of this, Mike is passing out and having a serious medical condition which led to anorexia. Anorexia is an eating disorder that causes people to become obsessed about weight and what they eat. This story opens up a new view in what a person thinks about in their head and that eating disorder doesn’t happen to just girls but boys may suffer also. Whether he can overcome this barrier keeping him from a good life is what you’ll find out in this novel. Mike will have to realize that what he’s doing is not the right choice. Sometimes it’s not always right to listen to the voice of the mind.  Overall this was an amazing book that really shined on new thoughts. However, I recommend this to be for teens and more mature ages due to the content and influence of actions. If you don’t like illness and things involving the body you probably shouldn’t read this book.