Faithful by Alice Hoffman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'll attempt to describe this book, but I don't' think that I can do justice to Alice Hoffman's expert writing!
This novel chronicles Shelby's journey of life, where at the beginning she starts as a mental health patient at a hospital and then transforms and grows up as the story goes along. She is just trying to recover from a traumatic accident that changed the course of her life and at heart this really is a coming-of-age and finding yourself story which I always seem to enjoy.
The side characters are all so fleshed out because there were some very unique people that had be perking up in my chair while reading the story. My favorite one was the (anonymous) postcard writer who remember that Shelby was alive at the beginning of that rough time and encouraged her to do "something" especially in the aftermath of that tragedy.
It did features themes like: Love, loss, lust, friendship, family, (un)faithfullness,etc. in a very profound way that made me connect to the character with empathy and understand their struggles. I was very invested in the outcome which is always a green light sign for me.
Trigger Warnings: abuse, sexual assault, self-harm
Overall, I fell very impressed with how this story was told and I will only give it high praises.
**Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.**
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