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The Tower

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Childhood is much more than the simple act of innocent role-playing. Our young are now subjected to physical and emotional abuse from other children face-to-face, as well as, from inside the mysterious cyber-world of social media. Young Pete (Petunia) learns all too fast that life just might not be all that it’s supposed to be – innocent and fun. Instead, she must deal with the daily struggle of whether living is really worth all the pain. She experiences things that adults would have trouble tolerating. So how can an eleven-year-old child accept and survive? After her mother’s death, Pete finally meets her estranged biological father, a successful lawyer in Georgia. Although surprised to discover she’s the produce of a mixed heritage, Pete openly accepts and gives her new life a chance. But after dealing with the emotional weight of losing a mother and meeting her estranged father, suffering daily at the hands of her classmates may be a little too much for her. Would the solitude she finds at the top of her towers be enough?
Plot/Idea: 3 out of 10
Originality: 3 out of 10
Prose: 5 out of 10
Character/Execution: 3 out of 10
Overall: 3.50 out of 10


Plot: The exaggerated plot of this novel is a problem. Its over-the-top nature dilutes the book's message and prevents readers from truly buying into the narrative.

Prose: The prose is solid, but not memorable. It does little to detract from the book, but also doesn't work to draw readers into the novel.

Originality: The themes and plot of this novel will be familiar to readers. And while that issue could be dealt with via a new or unique approach, this novel doesn't offer one aside from the exaggerated nature of the plot. And that fails to feel fresh, new, or engaging.

Character Development: The author needs to focus more on developing her characters. With the focus on the over-the-top plotting, the characterization suffers.

Date Submitted: June 07, 2017