Friday, December 13, 2013
The Next Full Moon, by Carolyn Turgeon
At the same time, she's discovering that the changes in her body that were once made her feel gangly and ugly, now give her beauty. And where she once was awkward with others, she is gaining grace.
It's a nicely written story and pleasant, but it's hard to escape the issue that there's not much new here. The metaphor of becoming a swan itself is a tired trope and the story (girl experiences transformation, gets together with dream boy, and reunites with long-lost mother -- sorry, it's so obvious that saying it here is hardly a spoiler) is very well-trod. Perhaps it can be enjoyed for the beauty of the story and for the way it captures succinctly the specific moment of being on the verge of adulthood, but it seemed tame and unadventuresome to me. As a coming-of-age story, the fantasy elements were distracting. As a fantasy, it was underdeveloped.