Wednesday, November 08, 2006
How the Light Gets In by M.J Hyland
I seldom buy a book just because the cover makes it look appealing, and I was actually turned off by the comment on the back of the book that compared the main character to Holden Caufield, but I'm glad I read How the Light Gets In. Protagonist Louise (Lou) is an Australian foreign exchange student, lured away from her harsh and impoverished family by the promise of a suburban, white-bread American high school experience. She initially loves the comfort and closeness of her host family, the Hardings. But things rapidly deteriorate when her insecurities and reckless desires get the best of her. I couldn't put this one down.