3 out of 4 stars
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Like any young girl, Symphony Weber longs to fit in with her classmates and make a few friends. Her stressful home situation causes her to turn to food for comfort, and the kids at school find it easy to make jokes about Symphony “Weigh Big.”
Symphony’s dreams give her information about the future, a gift that could help her popularity. But when the wrong student finds out, the term “Witchy” is added to her moniker. Her few friends do their best to protect her, but Symphony still knows more about personal family issues and criminal activities than she should. The pressure of handling these adult issues while being tormented at school is too much for one young girl. She is desperate to get rid of her horrible gift, but what price will she have to pay to be free?
Symphony of Dreams, by Cynthia Rogan, is a two-part fiction novel. The first part is a coming of age story about Symphony’s struggles at school, her family dynamics, and her attempts to learn about her dreams. Part two of the novel takes place eight years later after Symphony finds a solution to her visions. This story centers around a child abduction case in which Symphony’s gift would be an asset, but she can no longer see the fragments of the future.
I loved both portions of this novel. I spent the first half of the book growing close to young Symphony: agonizing over the bullying, fearing the anger of her father, longing to feel accepted by the other students in her class, pining over a way to suppress the confusion of the dreams. Then, in the second half, I was eager to see how adult Symphony was doing and what had become of her after high school. The suspense of the story in part two made for a fast-paced thriller as the police deal with a suspicious death at a hospital facility and the case of a baby kidnapped from the local mall in broad daylight.
Rogan kept me engaged in the exciting storyline as secrets from Symphony’s past came back to haunt her. The author did a fantastic job of creating a storyline that kept me guessing as I put together the clues and made predictions about the potential ending. I found little to dislike about the book, and would gladly give it the full four stars if I had not come across more than ten errors. Many of the mistakes were not distracting, but their presence must still reduce my rating to 3 out of 4 stars.
This book will prove to be an engaging read for those who love coming of age stories and thrilling suspense novels. The story is appropriate for mature teens and adult readers, but non-borderline profanities exist throughout the book. Readers should also be aware that the mature content of the novel includes references to domestic violence, drug use, and underage drinking. The author kept the scenes non-descriptive, so they may not cause a triggered response, but readers sensitive to those topics should know they are part of the story.
Symphony of Dreams
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