Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Review of A Season of Eden
Rating: 4 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Teen girls
High point: Emotional depth of Eden
Low point: Lots of awkward moments
Reader maturity: 13+
A Season of Eden explores Eden's relationship with her choir teacher, Mr. Christian. As expected, her infatuation leads to several awkward situations but also some valuable lessons.
As in Jennifer Laurens' novel Heavenly (J. M. Warwick is a pen name), the reader is drawn into the main character so completely, the outside world ceases to exist. In A Season of Eden, this led to some awkwardness for me. I could see what Eden was doing to her teachers with the short skirts and leg crossing, even if she didn't give a second thought to it.
Don't be misled; Eden is not a shallow girl looking solely for a good time. She wants a real, stable relationship, but since her mother died and her father spends all of his time with his PYT wife, she has no idea how to look for it. Looking for it in her choir teacher, who is not, admittedly, that much older than her, she makes a lot of mistakes, falling into the habits of her past. Unlike before, she doesn't give up; she works for what she wants, even when that means not doing anything but waiting.
[Possible spoiler] Though there are some awkward scenes where the reader's probably going to be yelling at Eden for being naive, nothing inappropriate happens or is insinuated. A Season of Eden is a good, clean book, exploring the lonely life of a lost teenage girl.
Title: A Season of Eden
Author: J. M. Warwick
Genre: Teen Fiction
Book Source: Received from author