Last week, I read a very good book by the author and decided to read more of her work.
‘Diary of a Wallflower‘ is a story told by Glory, the protagonist as she makes entries into her diary. Glory is a 28 year old single girl who lives with her parents and calls herself boring and a wallflower. She spends most of her time at work and at church with her best and only friend Simon. Life is relatively simple until her high school boyfriend and first love Alex shows up at work as her supervisor and at church as her Pastor’s son. This takes her back to reminisce on their relationship way back when and wonder if those feelings never died considering the fact that they didn’t officially break-up and if Alex also feels the same way. This is a story about young love, abusive relationships and friendship.
Unlike the author’s last book, this one didn’t do it for me. The writing was still great and fluid, however, the story was more of a YA type of which I am not really a fan. I also couldn’t connect with any of the characters which is important for me in stories. I found both the protagonist and Alex really abusive to each other even in adulthood and they still acted like teenagers in their late twenties. I didn’t perceive significant growth in their characters compared to when they were much younger. Perhaps, if the narrative hadn’t lingered for too long around their time in secondary school which really started getting boring at some point, then it may have been much better. Nevertheless, it wasn’t all bad. This is the kind of book I would give to a teenager to read and learn about what is not acceptable in a relationship and point out how subtle abuse can be in the name of love.
This one was okayish but I will still go ahead and read my line-up of books by the author. I still have faith!
Rating: 3 Stars
Published: August 12th 2019 by Love Africa Press
Genre: Fiction (Romance?)
Glory Abah is a die-hard romantic. She loves reading books that make her smile and now, she writes them too. She is also a Creative Writing Coach and hopes to build a new generation of African writers.
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