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Naomi Brickel
Not To Spoil The Ending... but everything is going to be ok

Adult; Spirituality/Inspirational; (Market)

The sudden unforeseen death of Naomi’s 15-year-old son Adam plunges her into painful shock and darkness. Over time, lights - presented in the stories, signs, dreams, and friends who connect - begin to unveil heartening messages that could only be from him, penetrating even the intensity of her motherly despair. Adams’ Hashtags provide lessons about Joy presented through the recollections of kids who knew him in their recorded messages in a funeral visitation book. Beginning with harsh details of the harrowing tragedy, Naomi goes on to present Adam’s playful and poignant insights about happiness - so uncomplicated they could only have come from a boy. This uplifting narrative offers simple yet profound examples for making this world more hopeful and heavenly.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.00 out of 10


Plot/Idea: In a profound and emotionally devastating memoir, Brickel reflects on the loss of her 15-year-old son. Despite some extraneous material that may interfere with the smoothness of the reading experience, this work is effective and well-executed.

Prose: The book is a heartbreaking account of the author's loss of her young son and her journey through grief. Brickel does a fantastic job of pulling the reader into her panicked search for her son, which ultimately and sadly ends in tragedy.  

Originality: This work is particularly unique in its use of hashtags, poetry, and social media posts, which add texture to the narrative and allow it to feel very much of the moment.

Character Development/Execution: The author's book is a painful, creative, and poignant narrative about loss, grief, and grappling with the wholly unexpected.

Date Submitted: January 07, 2022