AD | Gifted
Firstly – apologies! This post went up on Monday but I was having internet issues and couldn’t edit it to add my own review of the book, so it looked just like a ton of information about it! I definitely wanted to gt back on to add my thoughts as I LOVED this book!
Described by John Lloyd of The Bookbag as “Catcher in the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Dyed Souls is a gritty coming-of-age literary novel, set in a residential treatment center in 1980’s California. Charlie Lyle loves science, natural history, and the world of the mind, and it is his refuge and salvation as he copes with his drug-addicted mother and a world of circumstances well-beyond his grasp. More a work of philosophy than psychology,
“For the teen it has a galling coming-of-age, redemption quest. For the adult it has that, as well as a literary look at a singular fictional life.”
Wow, I absolutely flew through this one and loved every minute. It was the sort of book I found myself reaching for any time I had a spare minute as I wanted to find out what happened next.
It isn’t always a comfortable read and I would raise a flag here for anyone that would struggle with content surrounding child abuse (including sexual abuse).
Charlie is a likeable main character and you are desperate for him to succeed, which makes you want to keep reading, hoping he will get some sort of happily ever after. The story is gritty, real, sad, funny and has touching moments. I would recommend this book to all who would be okay with the content, a fantastic book and I will definitely look out for more from this author.
Owner, Interactive Consulting is a Lean implementation, organizationa l development, conflict resolution, and team-building specialist. He has a BA in Behavioural Psychology from Providence College, Providence, RI (1980), a Master’s Degree in Occupational Social Welfare from UC Berkeley (1990), and is a licensed cognitive-behavioural therapist in the State of California. His book: Lean Culture for the Construction Industry: Building Responsible & Committed Project Teams 2nd Edition was published by Productivity Press (a division of Taylor & Francis) in 2017. His first novel,Dyed Souls, was published by Matador Publishing in 2018.
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Dyed Souls has won two awards: Silver in the 2018 Global eBook Awards – Young Adult Fiction Category and Chill With a Book Readers Award.
Thanks for bearing with me and please check out this book and let me know what you think. Very deserving of the awards it got, well done Gary Santorella!
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for including me on this blog tour. I received a copy of the book in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Check out other reviews of this book at the blogs listed below
Sounds really interesting! Not my normal genre but I will definitely need to look into it.
Kicking myself for not jumping on this one when I had the chance
Likeable characters are great. I also love coming of ages novels. Great review
Great review. I love the cover.