Monday, July 30, 2012
Book Review: "Shine Shine Shine" by Lydia Netzer
But on the same day that Maxon leaves for the moon, things start to go awry, and the perfectly placed world Sunny has always had control over starts shifting. A random car accident reveals Sunny's baldness, which she has hidden from her friends since moving to Virginia, and causes her to re-examine many of the decisions she has made with her life, including keeping Bubber medicated to try and help control his autism. Without even knowing what is happening with the other, both Sunny and Maxon are reflecting on their tumultuous, passionate, and interconnected lives together in an effort to decide what to do next.
In the end, it's amazing how much can change in just one split second. This is a beautifully written book about a dynamic, slightly dysfunctional relationship that grows into a life, and a life that is more chaotic and moves in directions different than one would like. I thought Lydia Netzer did a terrific job in telling Sunny and Maxon's story, and she created some absolutely fantastic, dynamic characters that I'm still thinking about. The narrative structure tends to shift back and forth in time and perspective, which can be a little confusing, but I found myself tremendously invested in this book very quickly. Don't be misled by the description of this book found on most sites, because it makes the book seem much more abstract and weird than it is. Definitely a story worth getting into.