One thing was abundantly clear from the chapter breaks that Allan peppers throughout the book: we have similar taste in music. There are a lot of references to the lyrics of traditional and folk music, and those, along with the Canadian culture references, brought a smile to my face. I also appreciated that this was an intensely personal story for the creator. I'd be surprised if he wasn't tapping into personal experiences to craft Marie and her life. Nevertheless, the story didn't quite work for me. It doesn't really go anywhere. No conflict is resolved. It ends with Marie's cathartic escape into a live wrestling show, but there's no sense that she's grown at all or been defeated by the sadder events she must endure. In other words... nothing happens. Perhaps that's reflective of real life, but it doesn't exactly make for a compelling story. While I can appreciate that Marie feels lost, that doesn't mean the plotting should feel the same way. Read Full Review
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