Friday, June 22, 2012

Fringes by Jennifer Strand Review

Fringes by Jennifer Strand

What can learn about someone from mere glimpses of her life? Are you able to make better judgement than you would with only a first impression? Fringes is a coming-of-age novel that takes a closer look into the lives of several college students, but focuses mainly on Sarafrina, a young girl with a very complicated life.

The first chapter of Fringes was incredibly unique, giving readers an instant glimpse at the main character in a new way. Instead of a description of her character or scenes that would give us a better understand of Sarafrina, we are shown the contents of her backpack, which seem to say more about the character than any description ever could. Of course, it wasn't just the first chapter that had me intrigued. I was also impressed with how certain chapters read more like beat poems than a traditional novel.

I'll admit that some areas of the book were hard for me to read. As a Southern Christian, I was turned off by the same-sex sexual scenes, which seemed to consume the book. However, this is solely my opinion. I will warn readers though that this is not a book to be read by those under the age of 18 due to the sexual content and references to drugs.

If you enjoy deep, coming-of-age novels, Fringes by Jennifer Strand might be just what you're looking for.

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