Leonardo is a young man who is standing on a crossroad of life, facing choices. One road leads to a high stress career that brings in big bucks; the other is a chance to make a real difference in lives of others. He has a few questions, questions that all of us have faced when facing choices that can change our lives. Does fate make a man, or do his desires? Do ambitions and desires actually lead a person to true happiness and fulfillment, or does providence and life changing events actually show a person the true path to follow?
‘Choices’ raises these questions, and attempts to answer them. It is a slice-of-life, a book written from the heart.
MY REVIEW :
This is a simple story revolving around the Silva family. Albert is the head of the family who is the warden of a correction facility for prisoners. He has an exemplary record of reforming convicts and that also makes him a target of other criminals. Leonardo, his son, who aspires to study Computer Science is faced with the challenge of making a choice after the untimely death of his father. Amelia, his mother, is faced with the responsibility of taking up a job to financially sustain herself and her son and to see him through the college. This one unfortunate incident changes their lives altogether. How do they cope and will Leonardo complete his studies and with it his dreams?
POSITIVE POINT :
Highlights the plight of the immigrants in the US of A, their hardworking nature and how they make their dreams come true.
The story starts with the character of Mateo and his wife. Where as, the protagonist isn't Mateo at all. The pace with which the first few chapters are written, I was waiting for some action...but, the action never happened. I felt that the part of the story attributed to Mateo was a bit too stretched and unnecessary.
The writing is in present tense where the whole story seems like reporting.
And the pace of the story is too fast that within a span of few chapters, Leonardo grows up from a 15 year old school boy to a responsible young man, it is like listening to a story in fast forward. The twists and turns are too subtle to notice and the reactions to these twits is shown in a gesture or a word...lukewarm.
The editing fails miserably with grammatical mistakes and at places with the construction of sentences. Had the editing been much crisper, this would have been such a enjoyable read.
Meet the Author
Choices: A Novel talks about how we all come to crossroads in our respective lives, and then the impact it makes by a choice we make.A biochemist by profession made a mere choice of enrolling myself into a technical writing course. Now, little did I know that this small decision would take me on a path to creative writing and eventually publishing a novel.This novel, Choices helps answer many questions about man's ambitions and desires and how is it a road towards happiness and contentment that could eventually become your destiny. This is a "slice-of-life" genre thus, impacting all humans who have made a choice sometime or the other in this lifetime!
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