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Helen Tara Hughes – Poetry, Fiction, Film, Phantasms

Book Review: How the Light Gets In

I’ve actually been able to read this summer, books and books.

I bought this book at the airport on the way to Edmonton:

“How the Light Gets In” by M.J. Hyland

I liked this book most for the unpredictability of its story – it follows a young woman from Australia on a year-long exchange to the States. She is placed with a family who has a much higher standard of living than her own, and she vows to do whatever it takes to NEVER EVER go back to Australia.

I loved this character -imagine a genius with a scary IQ and a bad-ass attitude, combined with an artistic sensibility and a big huge heart that wants so much to give so much love. When it wants to. And not at all when it doesn’t.

This teen is charting the murky waters of substance abuse and sexuality, and familial responsibility, and obedience, and guilt trips, and the effects of jealousy (when she is so certain she has nothing of which they could be jealous), with toughness and the individual defiance of her MIND.

I was rooting from her, right from the start, and I didn’t know what was going to happen to her, right until the end .

It’s a great story about adolescence and the desire to transform oneself.
I think in following that aim, even though she goes through many ugly moments, this character only comes closer and closer to her True Self. Which is beautiful.
…food for thought, that…

A compelling Heroine, and a fun read for fall.

Author: smallboy

Helen Tara Hughes is a writer, producer and actor. An award-winning theatre performer, she cut her teeth in classical and new work at major theatres across Canada, including the Stratford Festival. Her first taste of documentary work – a POV radio documentary for CBC’s ‘Outfront’ – gave her the documentary bug, and in 2009 she transitioned into Producing with the feature documentary, Goodness in Rwanda. As a writer, she has been published by, Eros Digest, and TWISI, and has a book of short stories that will be published in the fall of 2012. As a filmmaker, she creates short films based on poetic writing. She moonlights as an Asst Producer and Coordinator for documentary, factual, and independent films, and is developing a slate of her own media projects for 2013.

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