THORN BY STEFAN PLESOIANU

Synopsis

Jaded ahead of his time, Seven looks to fulfill his ambitions of becoming a successful writer. Not exactly full of hope and often lackluster, he tries to make something of his life despite interferences from his funny but troublesome friends, an aging, vulnerable family waiting for his weekly visits and most pressingly, girls.

Finding himself in the privileged position of owning an apartment, Seven reluctantly faces the typical contemporary problems of people his age. First and foremost, he has to support himself as to unburden his family, a process which sees him switch between menial jobs, affecting his self-esteem. This adds to his bad habits and anxiety generated by living in an unstable social environment marked by drugs, promiscuity and dodgy people. Next to that, fixing his deficient love life is another big ask, as he tries and fails to make casual relationships work out.

Out of nowhere, Cynthia enters the fray, massively improving Seven’s life and giving him hope. Not long after, their relationship takes a turn for the worse and continues to cause both of them suffering, leading to fights and breakups. Upon deciding to give it one more try, Cynthia finds she has to move back home with her mourning family, leaving Seven to pick up the pieces of the painfully shattered hope. However, all is not lost as he is invited to a meeting to discuss his book with a literary agent.

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

REVIEW

I was lucky enough to receive this book directly from the author. I hope the prospective reader will read this review fully before making any prejudgments on the book. I will give the book my thoughts. These thoughts are completely my own and not swayed in any way by anyone else’s reviews or opinions.

Firstly, I was ready to read this book and expecting something completely different than what I read. In absolutely no way is that a bad thing though. I was thinking about a possible plot, but the author blew that out of the water. I saw the characters and budding relationships as a plot. The building of personalities from the bottom up is like knitting a beautiful blanket. It starts small and not knowing where the blanket is going, but finish and see this work of art.

I loved Seven. I loved that there was a voice or dictation that I put to the character. That was a constant. I could hear it as I read. I also knew the path of the story because of how the narration was written. I don’t love books that sugar coat the truth to make the book last longer. You will not get that with Seven. Oh no there is no hesitation on any word that is being said. It is straight to the point where you can move through the book in a way that makes reading that much more enjoyable.

Although I loved the book, I did find myself okay with putting it down for a bit in order to get back into the story later. I still think the story was interesting in most parts. I believe that it is one you should check out and it is worth reading.

My Rating: I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was interesting and the character development was really good. I feel that there were moments where I found myself not wanting to continue reading. I was okay with putting the book down and coming back to it later. I took one star out for that instance only. The characters were just amazing. I loved the narration of the book. Seven was wonderful and I want to read more from the author. All in all, the novel was good. I would recommend it to young adults and others who want to sit down to a good book.


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