Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Review: The Possibility of Fireflies

The Possibility of Fireflies
Dominique Paul

It's 1987. Heavy Metal is big and so is the hair. Set in a Maryland suburb, this coming-of-age story follows fourteen-year-old Ellie Roma -a thinker and aspiring writer- who must cope with an alcoholic mother and a volatile head-banging big sister. Ellie spends a lot of time alone, especially at night, when all she has to keep her company are the fireflies that flicker in the summer air . . . and the undying hope that someone will come and rescue her from her unhappy life. Then one da
y Leo enters her dark world. Leo is handsome, older and on his way to Hollywood to become a rock star. Ellie hopes that Leo will be the one to save her. Instead, Leo teaches Ellie that no one can save you -you have to find a way to save yourself. So one night --one terrible, frightening, thrilling night-- that's exactly what Ellie decides to do.

I went into this book with the impression that it would mostly be a love story between Ellie and Leo. But I was wrong, it was much more than that. The first few chapters were pretty much the typical life of a teenager - school, friends, and family. But then you start to realize that something is a bit wrong in the family. Ellie's mother is an alcoholic - and an abusive one at that. Most of the violence is taken out on Ellie's older sister, Gwen. I could sympathize with Ellie a lot through the book, but it made me wonder how teens can really deal with abusive parents like that. Once I got into it, I didn't want to put it down. It was a great book about Ellie trying to find her place in the world, and trying to figure out the right thing to do. A couple of the chapters at the end actually made me cry a little, and I don't usually cry over books much. Anyone who has abusive parents or just feels alone and is trying to find their place can sympathize with Ellie.

Overall rating: 4.5/5


Amy said...

I've never heard of this one, but it does look really good. Great post!

Laina said...

I love this one, isn't it amazing?