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Book Review: All Over Again by A-Dziko Simba Gegele

alloverThis book features the life of a 12 year old boy as he goes about his days, doing regular things. The catch is that so much of what adults may deem simple is totally disruptive to this poor child’s life. It reminds me of the movie American Psycho without the killing.

At first I could not connect with the rhythm the book was written in until I recognized that it was adding to the way the main character’s thoughts were playing out. The style was also age appropriate.

Nothing is insignificant to the boy. He breaks down everything that happens to him throughout the book.  I felt enlightened as to how complicated a child’s presumably simple life can be.

The story is well written and edit, one of the best Caribbean books I’ve read in a while. All Over Again is a good read and deserving winner of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature in 2014.

Book Review: Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse

musical_youthMusical Youth is beautifully written. It is a pride to Caribbean young adult fiction. Though it addresses a current and very real social issue, the writer skillfully educates you while she takes you back to the innocence of school days in the Caribbean. You can’t help but remember your first crush, how every little thing they did is permanently etched in your memory.

There is a good blend of characters throughout the book, and they complement each other well. It was also refreshing to read a story about children doing positive things.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it to fellow readers.

Bocas Lit Fest 2015

Yesterday was the last day of the Bocas Lit Fest. I didn’t attend as many events as I wanted to, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ones that I did. Friends and family came out to support, and I even sold a few books, so all is well in Vanessa land.
Being that Selima and the Merfolk is my first novel, it was quite an honour to be featured on a panel (DIY Lit Panel). It was a great experience, and I am very encouraged to work on my second book.

These are a few photos from my Bocas experience.