“Words are all we have to save us,” her doctors tell her years later, “but at the same time, they are not enough to make us whole.” This proves to be the paradox of Sol’s life, as she tells her story in a desperate attempt to find out who she was–and therefore, who she is–but in doing so, only rediscovers how little she understands. Her telling and retelling and editing and tweaking of her own history feels disjointed in the opening chapters, but ultimately proves to be one of the most successful aspects of Apostol’s creation; the technique invites readers into the very core of Sol’s experiences, accompanying her on her journey of self-understanding–and, perhaps more importantly, self-acceptance. In the end, Sol is left with as many questions as she has answers, but readers are treated to a captivating look into this period of Philippine history and the gripping story of one girl’s struggles to find her place in the world. –Kerry McHugh, blogger at Entomology ofa Bookworm
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