The Island

Borofka, David

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Synopsis: Fourteen year-old Fish Becker expects the worst: a languid and lonely summer with family friends while his parents try to revive their marriage. Instead, he enters the romantic, tangled, and surreal world of Ariana and Miles Lambert. Their home is sprawling; the gardens are wildly overgrown; and the Lamberts' themselves are a revelation. Ariana can't sleep for fear of who she'll be when she awakens, and Miles is ghost-like and haunted. But their visionary daughter, Mira, leads Fish through magic midnight rituals while their son introduces him to every kind of excess, and the summer becomes a passage, as tangled and tender as the Lamberts' garden. Beginning with a tempest, ending with a naked dive at first light, The Island is a poignant coming-of-age story, set in a world where time shifts like loyalties.

Review: Fish Becker dreads the summer ahead. His parents plan to ship him off to Oregon to stay with family friends, the Lamberts, while they try to rekindle their marriage in Europe. Ugh. Only boredom will spring from this hair-brained plan, he thinks. As it turns out, he's never been so wrong. Almost immediately he falls head-first into the Lamberts' enchanting world. He becomes dizzy with their eccentricities, indulges in midnight passions and other excesses, and tangles himself in the family's past and odd relationships, which feel as confusing as their overgrown garden. Somewhere during his mysterious summer, Fish Becker slips away from his childhood and arrives closer to adulthood. This deeply textured coming-of-age tale, told in what Publishers Weekly calls "Borofka's vivid, humble word pictures," was published for an adult audience; however, older teens will appreciate the lush descriptions of familiar feelings and Borofka's brilliant conveyance of Fish's awakening.

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