Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Book Review: The Story Teller

Bookshelves: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Abuse, Favourite Heroes, Contemporary


Anna and Abel could not be more different. They are both seventeen and in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house and comes from a well-to-do family, Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in a big, prison like tower block at the edge of town. Anna is afraid of him until she realizes that he is caring for his six-year-old sister on his own. Fascinated, Anna follows the two and listens as Abel tells little Micha the story of a tiny queen assailed by dark forces. It’s a beautiful fairy tale that Anna comes to see has a basis in reality. Abel is in real danger of losing Micha to their abusive father and to his own inability to make ends meet. Anna gradually falls in love with Abel, but when his “enemies” begin to turn up dead, she fears she has fallen for a murderer. Has she?

Award-winning author Antonia Michaelis moves in a bold new direction with her latest novel: a dark, haunting, contemporary story that is part mystery, part romance, and part melodrama.


This was a sad story and the ending really broke my heart. I wanted Anna to be Abel's savior, to bring him to a life he really deserved but I guess things don't really turn out how you want them to in the end. 

It's the kind of story that makes you wonder about the plight of a young boy who's alone and penniless, a social pariah, caring for his little sister. How far away can one stray to keep running from the demons that chase them? How much can one tread in dark murky waters, for the ones they love?

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