Author: Christine Van Deventer (Twitter)
Genre: Literary Fiction
Reading time: approx. 15 minutes
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars.
There is something uniquely personal about grief that makes it difficult to write about. People experience it so differently, it is challenging to convey it to others.
In Christina Van Deventer's "Hot Wheels", you find yourself immersed in the main character's struggle with her loss. The narration feels gloomy, not in a bad way, but in a "I have experienced profound sadness" kind of way. I won't give away spoilers, as you should read the story for yourself. But you should know going in that the author is remarkably talented at conveying those emotions in her work.
She plants clues early in the story about the climactic event, in such a way that you'll find yourself reading just to know the details. I wished there were a few more details about that event, it felt a little rushed with respect to the rest of the story. The overall story and writing is so good that I'm more than willing to overlook that. It's a good, thought-provoking read, which are my favorite kinds of stories.
I am sure I will find myself looking for and reviewing more of her work, the author is unquestionably talented, especially writing about these kinds of emotions.
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