Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Shrinking Sea by Steve King

The Shrinking Sea
by Steve King

My rating: 4 stars


Publication Date: April 9, 2015
Publisher: Steve King
Genre: Coming of age, Family Life
Print Length: 243 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
The story is about two sisters in different continents, Celeste in Los Angeles, and Molly in the Philippines, and the odyssey Celeste must undergo to reach and bond with Molly.

Due to Celeste's having been raised in the Los Angeles lifestyle, she doesn't put a premium on family until she goes through a series of circumstances including a traumatic break up with a popular boy, a car accident resulting in a broken leg, a lengthy rehabilitation, an acute depressive episode, and a bout with alcoholism. A therapeutic intervention sets Celeste on the path towards her trans-Pacific journey to connect with Molly.  

 
The Shrinking Sea by Steve King

The Shrinking SeaDivorce separated Celeste from her father by the width of an ocean. Growing up with her mother, she went through all of the teenage phases, insecurities and self-centeredness that are often outgrown with maturity. When her father wanted to come from the Philippines to introduce her to her younger half-sister, all seemed fine, until Celeste’s world began to erode around her. Her boyfriend left her, she was in an accident that broke her leg and she was spiraling toward a bout with depression that would affect everything and everyone around her. Celeste was distant, self-important and completely self-involved, hurting both her father and the sister who wanted to know her.

When faced with seeing a therapist, Celeste’s eyes were opened to her pattern of self-destruction and total self-absorption. It was time to grow up and ask for forgiveness from both her father and her sister. Thus began a journey that took Celeste from Los Angeles to the Philippines in a tale of coming of age where the true treasures of life are discovered.

The Shrinking Sea by Steve King places high values on family, love, trust and forgiveness as one teen learns that everything is not all about her as she must face the possibility that she has been her own worst enemy and may have to pay the price for her selfishness. Mr. King does a marvelous job of creating a story full of value, contemporary realism and the true meaning of family. Although, written for younger teens, the story itself is pertinent to all who have ever fumbled along between being a child and being on adult. Celeste is not a very likable character, but her efforts to change do become apparent later on. There is much to be learned about divorce, new family members and acceptance of both oneself and those around you. A good read geared to younger audiences.

I received this copy from Steve King in exchange for my honest review.


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