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Aberrations

by Penelope Przekop

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I enjoyed Aberrations. The characters are compelling and seem real. The storyline keeps you interested until the very end. My main complaint with the book is that I think it tries to do too much at once. It attempts to address narcolepsy, schizophrenia, homosexuality, single motherhood, adultery, etc. all in the same story. With so many important topics, I feel as if some of them aren't done justice. That said, its still a very interesting read. ( )
1 vote theresa2011 | Jun 9, 2009 |
A great read! Aberrations is the story of Angel Duet a young, narcoleptic woman searching for truth. It is a story of forming and ending relationships, of disability, and of love. This book is full of interesting twists that will keep the reader hooked from the first to last page. Would make a good choice for a book club selection. ( )
1 vote chris227 | Jun 5, 2009 |
What I found most enjoyable about this novel was the exploration of the need for truth. Ms. Przekop makes good use of the idea of being trapped by lies - almost everyone in the novel is harmed by the lies they live with. Watching Angel "wake up" enough to begin to recognize the lies, and become transformed through her journey to truth was enlightening. And I liked that Carla wasn't the "evil stepmom" but the agent for introducing truth. This is a "southern" novel, and some of the vernacular was intrusive for me - I kept being surprised by "thang". Also, I was uncomfortable with Angel's thoughts that a baby would make everything different - that she would have someone to fill that "mother" need. Too many girls have babies to "get" something, instead of "give" something. Fortunately, Angel has a good support system to make sure her baby is well-cared for. My copy has a great set of book club questions. ( )
  tjsjohanna | May 18, 2009 |
I would definitely recommend this book! I usually read Young Adult lit, but I really enjoyed Abberations. The story is unique and the characters are complex. Everytime I thought I had the story figured out Przekop threw me another curve ball. It was an excellent read, I couldn't put it down! ( )
  banderson1 | May 11, 2009 |
This book reminds me of one of the readings I had to do in university. A lot of symbolism, self-discovery and meaning to the storyline. And here's the shocker (for some anyways): I actually enjoyed it! Okay, no jokes though, Aberrations was a good book. Angel Duet suffers from narcolepsy and if you don't know what it is, Angel herself explains it a few times in the book. There has obviously been a lot of research that allows for these amazingly real descriptions of what Angel experiences from day to day. The emotion of Angel's narration is raw and open. Readers will love how she goes on a journey to find the truth and you can't help but obsess about the truth too. When you finally get it, you find that it is a bit shocking. Sometimes the entire truth may not be that great to hear, no matter how much we say we want it. Either way, go find the book someone and give it a read. It's something that definitely gets you thinking and it's a beautiful, descriptive read for anyone. ( )
  calexis | Dec 9, 2008 |
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Twenty-one-year-old narcoleptic Angel Duet knows her father harbors secrets. He loves and protects her, but his suspicious refusal to discuss her mother’s death drives Angel to worship an image created from the little history she does have: her father’s sketchy stories and her mother’s treasured photography, studies of clouds that have hung in their foyer for more than twenty years. When her father’s girlfriend moves in, the photographs come down, and Angel’s search for truth becomes an obsession. As she struggles to uncover the past and gain control over the narcolepsy that often fogs her world, Angel descends into a dizzying realm of drugs, adultery, and confused desire that further obscures reality. When Angel exposes a history she could never have imagined, she discovers her entire life has been anchored in lies. Accepting the truth, once found, is the key to understanding herself, her family, and her life. To truly awaken, Angel must realize that sometimes the gifts we receive are not what we want—and only with time do we see their worth.
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