Book: The Redemption by Des Birchcategories: Book, Betrayal, Teenagers, Bullying, Survival, Tropical Island, School Team, Peer Pressure, Trust, Plane Crash, Danger, Adventure, Coming of Age
Des Birchabout this book: I find that adventure books for teenagers tend to be about heroes, succeeding against all the odds. While this theme is salutary in that it encourages people to succeed, it does not reflect the life lived by most. Teenage life can be dogged by insecurities, driven by peer pressure and isolated by the apparent lack of understanding from adults.
Emma had faint blemishes on her face, but even this small defect could be used by the bullies to make her life difficult. Sometimes we allow others to affect us by our own reactions to things they say. Often we build a world around our limited knowledge and insecurities; a world we will fight to justify and defend, sometimes to extreme lengths.
This story is not about heroes. It is about twofold survival on a tropical island; the fight of the young people to stay alive and the struggle against their peers.
• Novelist Rebecca Scarberry wrote:
"Author, Des Birch has made a profound statement in this novel: We live most of our lives by assumptions. We have a choice to create our own realities by deciding how we view the large portion of our lives."
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