4 out of 4 stars
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The smile we see on people's faces today doesn't represent what's truly going on within them. Many people are being subjected to a dysfunctional childhood upbringing, which eventually leads to a depressed and unfulfilled adult life. The smiles on their faces is just a façade and a way to fit in with the outside world.
Going back twenty five years with a Paranormal Twist by Julian Black is a 116-page fantasy-based book. It's somewhat of a fictional autobiography of the author. It uses the story of the fictional being, Conrad, to portray how the author's life would have turned out if circumstances were different.
Conrad awakens in his childhood home, only everything and everyone looks exactly like it was 25 years ago. He thinks he must be dreaming or imagining things, but the situation continues to linger. A woman appears to Conrad and tells him that the 'Deciders' in heaven have decided to give him another chance at life. Here, he's able to relive his youth, but this time he has the power to change things. Conrad had a dysfunctional childhood upbringing which left him depressed, unfulfilled, and unable to explore his sexuality. Now, he has the chance to do all the things he imagined doing and more. Grab a copy of this book to find out how Conrad lives his new-found life, and if it's permanent or temporary.
I love how this book explores the dysfunctional upbringing many people experience today. Several persons are subject to humiliation, bullying, and repressed sexuality because of public perception. In a bid to please the public or fit into society, many people become something they are not. This takes a huge toll on their mental health and can eventually lead to suicide. I love how the author deals with his experience by writing something positive about it. Although the past cannot be changed, this book helps the author to move forward positively and also helps anyone who's going through something similar to get better.
Many people are still scared of coming out as gay or bisexual, but the author, through this book, sends a strong message of encouragement. I also enjoyed the paranormal aspect of the story. The book's plot was very compelling and it explored several strong themes. The book was constructed perfectly and the characterization was excellent. When Conrad was given a more accepting and non-judgemental family, he was able to live freely. This shows that the attitude families show towards their loved ones regarding their lifestyle plays a huge role in shaping their future and mental health.
I was only able to find one error in the book, which shows that it underwent professional editing. The scenes were also well-developed and the author's choice of words was perfect. The book was able to address some of the major problems several youths face, so I'm rating it 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to people who are going through emotional problems and those battling with their sexuality.
Going back twenty five years with a Paranormal Twist.
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