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Lost in the Sun: 03/04/18

Lost in the Sun

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff is a story of fresh starts and grief and feelings of guilt. Going into middle school, Trent is still reeling from the accidental death of his best friend during an ice hockey game. Trent hit the puck that hit his friend in the chest and killed him because of an undiagnosed heart defect.

Into Trent's life comes a new girl with a scar across her face and interesting name. Trent becomes obsessed with learning the history behind her scar, wondering if she is as torn up by the experience that he is with his friend's death.

Anyone knows this kind of story, knows that Fallon Little will never reveal the truth within the context of the story. She might tell Trent, and she apparently does at the end of the book, but we, the reader, will never be privy to that secret. The idea is that one's imagination will be far superior to whatever the author can come up with, so why mess with that?

But ugh. I personally hate that approach. It's been done to death. It's old and cliched and needs to be put to pasture. For a better approach to this kind of story, I recommend, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling (2017).

Two stars

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