The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

August 16, 2015
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma, Book Review, InToriLex
The Walls Around Us

On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.
On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom.
Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries . . .
What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?
In prose that sings from line to line, Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other.


"We kept forgetting, and we also couldn't let go."

This book took me in on a whirlwind of friendship, emotion and surprise. The characters are flawed but never one dimensional. The friendship between Orianna and Violet reminded me of all the sacred moments I had with friends while growing up, and it was refreshingly authentic. It's easy to root for young girls still trying to find themselves, during that part of adolescence when your sure you never will.

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The narrative switch between Amber and Violet, was done well.The plot flowed together effortlessly describing the inside of a juvenile prison and the mind of a broken ballerina.  The great balance between describing too much and  describing too little was reached.  The books mentioned within the story, reminded me of how awesome reading them were.. While reading I was given room to make assumptions and fill in the blanks about the plot. I felt more respected and therefore more engaged because of it.
“We were alive. I remember it that way. We were still alive, and we couldn't see how close we were to the end.”
The descriptions completely immerse you into the story.so  you find yourself sympathizing with characters that are sometimes only partially described. I was surprised I enjoyed this so much. I really connected with these girls, they saw too much, but were loved too little. I felt for these characters and with them felt the same humiliation, sadness, uncertainty and fear.

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Despite all of the wonderful things that work with this book, the ending didn't fully connect. It made sense within the world of the book, and it definitely surprised me but I couldn't accept it. I appreciated the magical realism described, it saved characters but also became a character itself. This is another example of Young Adult book done right when it could have gone so wrong. Definitely read this!!

I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 


The Book's Buzz said...

Thanks for the lovely review. This book has been on my TBR for god knows how long and I can't believe I haven't read it yet. Actually I can , considering how many books there are on my TBR. LOL My tbr is going to crush me.

Alex @ The Book's Buzz

Kindlemom said...

I've heard a lot of good things about this and I'm glad you liked it despite the ending being blah and not quite working for you. I hate it when that happens, it can sometimes ruin a whole book for me when the ending isn't at all what I was expecting or wanting.
Wonderful review!

InToriLex said...

Yes I feel like this daily lol. Thanks for stopping by!!

InToriLex said...

Thanks so much for always commenting, you awesome

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