Sunday, May 4, 2008
Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Sebastian is seventeen and living what you could call, well, an abnormal life. He’s never watched a movie, rarely leaves the house and has no friends except for his neighbour, Delilah. But one subway ride is about to change his life and open doors that were closed on him by his overbearing father.
Maria Arquette has been married since she was fifteen. She has two children and one husband, more specifically-one abusive husband. She’s lost her job but she’s afraid to tell her husband for fear of the consequences. Instead, she boards the subway every night when it’s time for work and rides it back and forth.
And one day, the two of them lock eyes across the subway and feel an undeniable connection. Both of their lives are about to change and hopefully they change for the better…because it can’t get any worse, right?
It’s hard to describe exactly why this book is so good. I’d say it has the most to do with the author’s writing. Catherine Ryan Hyde’s writing will pull you in-her writing is simply intoxicating. In fact, as soon as I started this book I had to finish it.
The author’s writing brings the characters to life. Their issues, their reactions-all seem so real. I’d say that even her secondary characters are well fleshed out. Catherine Ryan Hyde’s strengths lie in making the reader care about the characters. The entire book is laced with emotion and the author never skates around any issues. And I’m just going to mention that I loved, loved, the ending!
One more thing-the title is perfect for the book!
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