posted by: Frank Miceli Jr.
I received a final copy of Hiding by Henry Turner in exchange for an honest review.
From the get go I was grabbed by this book. It is written in the first person perspective of a teenage boy who has spent his entire life “Hiding”. The real beauty of this book is the way it is narrated. I really felt as if I was sitting in front of the main character talking to him. The entire time it was just as if we were having a conversation one on one and he was telling me his story. Now his story involves doing something very, very stupid as most teenage boys tend to do. It is also easy to see that this boy is troubled right from the start.
I said above how this main character spent his life “Hiding” and it may beg the question, what exactly do you mean by “Hiding”. I would encourage you to read the book to find out as the only real way to understand what this term means is to have the main character explain it to you in his own words. It is something the author does an extremely good job of describing, painting a picture that is easy for the reader to visualize.
The real genius of this book is how it speaks to you. You might think a book narrated in the voice of a troubled teenage boy might not be good, but it brought out some very interesting questions as I was reading it. How many of us go through life “Hiding” in our own ways? How many of us fall into social norms? Or let the situation we are born into or our parents’ way of life define us before we really get a choice to choose for ourselves? How many of us do not give those who could be the most important people in our lives the right amount of attention? Who really understands what is going on in someone else’s head at any point in time?
I found myself thinking a lot about my own life and how I would answer some of these questions. It made me love the main character even more despite the stupid act he commits which makes you want to think otherwise about him.
There is a very, very good twist at the end which I did not see coming. The last few chapters were some of the best of the book. I tend to believe that it must be incredibly difficult to find a way to end a book. A book in a sense is like a painting. You are never truly done, you just decide to stop painting. Or in this case, writing. However, the ending was absolutely perfect in my opinion! I finished this in two days and did not want to put it down. It was a quick read, but well worth it.
"I know my opinions will not always align with everyone else’s. I hope this blog serves as a way to introduce others to books they would otherwise not have read." - Frank Miceli Jr.
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