Plot/Idea: Written with an eye to acceptance and championing rights for those with disabilities, Hoffman's The Translucent Boy and the Girl Who Dreamed She Could Fly is fun, bizarre, and wholesome.
Prose: Hoffman is skilled at describing complex magical scenes, and making them make sense, which is a difficult task. Sometimes the dialogue can feel a little forced, especially between flirting teenagers, but overall the writing is enjoyable.
Originality: This book is packed to the brim with interesting worldbuilding elements, references to ancient myths, and homages to past young adult books that have paved the way in earlier decades. It all comes together to make a highly unique experience for the reader, both heartfelt and exhilarating.
Character Development/Execution: Although the characters can at times come across as derivative, they are easily differentiated by their stark and unique personalities.
Date Submitted: April 08, 2022