Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Radiance was a puzzle for me. I really did like the way the book turned out, with the starlet obsessed with stardom coming into her own, but it was the in between that was a blur. A self-depreciating father, a mother who we never really get to know, a family tragedy...all of this whirls into a cacophony of literary prose that makes the reader want to continue, want to see what happens, no matter what the opinion of the book previously was. On a moral sense, I didn't like how easily the author addressed adultery but I suppose that is the way the world has gone, in this day and age. Louis has a way with words, and if you want a good coming-of-age story, with a number of life lessons along the way, this would be good for you. I just thought there were too many elements that didn't quite jive together nicely for me.