3 out of 4 stars
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The Near One, by Hanadi.A.Lüthi, is a novel about a girl named Dania. Growing up in an environment where traditional family values determine one’s life journey, Dania desires to be herself. Her father is a wealthy man who has his own dreams for her. He wants her to study either medicine or engineering at university, but Dania, who is multitalented, wants to study art. Will her father, who sees art as a hobby, let her choose her own career?
Set in Egypt and Kenya, the book unveils Dania’s remarkable experiences during childhood and adulthood. In an engaging way, it tells about her life at school and work, while revealing her relationship with her family and others. It shows her struggle to live her life on her own terms, unveiling her good and bad experiences. In summary, it’s a story of self-discovery, friendship, trust, love, and beliefs. Dania grows up to be someone who never needs sympathy from others. She is disciplined and focused, always doing her best.
Written in the first-person point of view, The Near One is intriguing and captivating. It’s easy to read and straightforward. Being compelling and character-driven, the plot is simple and solid, having fascinating events in it. Actually, the book is a page-turner, filled with interesting and sometimes, witty conversations. It’s not only entertaining but also enlightening, providing useful information about some places and issues in life. From it, I have learned more about the Egyptian and Kenyan cultures. However, it comprises several grammar errors and typos, especially comma splices, verb tense mistakes, and the wrong use of capital letters; it wasn’t well edited. I advise the author to send it for a round of professional editing.
Furthermore, the characters of the story are memorable and relatable. Some of them are complex and quirky, and these traits spice up the story. Dania, the focal character, has a kind, friendly personality. Also, she is brave and resilient. Moreover, the book includes romance, but there are no graphic sex scenes, and regarding profanity, I didn’t notice any profane word.
In conclusion, I rate The Near One 3 out of 4 stars. I couldn’t rate it higher because of the frequent appearances of grammar and typographical flaws, which are quite distracting. In addition, I didn’t rate it lower because it’s light and intriguing. It has a good storyline. Readers who love reading fictional books about personal development and romance will love it.
The Near One
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