“When people decide there’s ugliness inside you, they’ll be looking to find it on your face.” – Violet
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma is different from the vast choices of books in the YA genre. This story is dark and mysterious, as the author weaves in the supernatural with the cold hard truths. This is the first book of hers which I read and definitely, it will be not the last.
The Walls Around Us follows the story of two girls Violet and Amber, and how one person, Orianna, ties their worlds together. The book opens up to introduce you to Amber, a teen who’s locked up in the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center since she was barely in her teens and how she’s accustomed to her life in the inside. How she has never envisioned herself getting out soon, or anytime at all. Then you’ll get to know Violet, an up-and-coming ballerina who has just scored the ticket to Julliard and is just weeks away from making her dreams come true. These two characters are tied up with Orianna and a dark secret that happened one faithful night behind the community theater.
“People can’t moved on until the finger is pointed, and the gavel’s come down. This is called closure, and it’s also called justice, they are not always the same thing.” – Amber
This was a real far cry from most of the YA novels that I’ve read. It was dark and sinister. It was raw and emotional in the sense that you can feel the anger from the characters. The way Nova Ren Suma builds up the story will make you feel like you’re witnessing the scenes as they unfold, like you are an unspoken character in the novel. I may have had some problems incorporating the supernatural aspects of the story, like it felt odd and out-of-place at times. Especially nearing the end of it, I got a bit lost and I had to back read to make sure I was reading it right. But overall, it’s the way the characters were presented that really made me like this book. It made me think of another book which stirred the same emotions when I read it, I was reminded of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. It gave you a hodge-podge of conflicting emotions ranging from anger, guilt, compassion and sadness.
This book may not be filled with rays of sunshine and rainbows, but it will surely give you a glimpse on the how people will let you see different sides of them. How close we choose to guard our secrets and desires. It is a tale of friendship and betrayal.
The Walls Around Us is available in all books stores nationwide. I bought my hardcover copy at Fully Booked since they were the first store I saw who had it on display. I literally snagged the copy on the display window haha. 🙂
Read: June 21, 2015
The BookNut Verdict: 3.5 out of 5