Friday, July 28, 2017
Sophie Someone, by Hayley Long
It's a story full of loose ends which peter out maddeningly without much resolution. Complicating the storytelling is an odd lexicon that Long uses, swapping dozens of words with others (e.g., "freckles" for friends, "boiled" for bad, ironically "trump" for truth, etc.). This gets distracting and grating and is never really explained that well (there's some brief mention at the end about using a code to obscure the story). Fewer concepts and gimmicks and more story would have made this a better read.