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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender By Leslye Walton | Review

strange.jpgMy Rating: ★★★★☆

Date Started: 6/13/18 — Date Finished: 6/13/18

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Romance, Stand Alone

Recommended for People Who Like: lyrical prose, magical realism, love, heartbreak


This book was such a journey.

I traveled three generations of women over the course of 300 pages, and it genuinely feels like so much time has passed since I started this book.

I will say that is book is hard to read at times. It centers around love, and that means all the good and bad that comes with it.

I teared up a few times while reading this book and had to take breaks to think to myself, “How have people read this book to completion?”

But I stuck it out, and I am so glad that I did. The last 150-200 pages was an extremely emotional experience to the point that I could not put this book down even if I tried.

What I love about these types of books is how much you learn to know the characters. I have watched every single character grow from infancy to adulthood. I have learned their passions, seen them love, watch them cry. Every character has been through so much, and I felt like I was there with them, rooting for them the entire way.

Another aspect of this book is its magical realism. This element confused me a bit. It is hard to write in lyrical prose while also writing magical realism and having the audience be able to differentiate the two. There were times I couldn’t tell if something was a metaphor or reality.

I, however, haven’t read many magical realism books, so that may be why those factors felt a bit confusing to me.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were deeply complex and flawed, the story was completely immersive, and every chapter brought with it an intensely emotional experience.


Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?

2 thoughts on “The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender By Leslye Walton | Review

  1. “Recommended for People Who Like: lyrical prose (me: OH YES YES), magical realism (YESSSS), love (HELL YEAH), heartbreak (Oh boy… time to grab the tissues)”
    I really want to read this book, but for some reason I keep waiting to pick it up

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