The second book of the year that I have read is none other than Faithful by Alice Hoffmann. This is the first book by Hoffmann I have read, though I have a feeling it won’t be the last.
Though this book was marketed towards adult fiction, I would argue that it sits more with young adult. Not that I agree that it is a “coming of age book” as some people have branded it. Rather, I think it’s a coming to grip with life book. The tragedies that Hoffmann writes into her pages could happen to anyone, that is just how life is. This makes Shelby, the feature character relatable as you can’t help but want the best for her. As she adopts broken dogs into her life as a desperate attempt to fix a part of herself she sees reflected in these four legged friends, this book is heart warming and emotional right from the get go. My only problem with the book is I don’t agree that the title was the best choice to portray the novel as it isn’t a running theme throughout the book. That being said I enjoyed the read even cried at the ending.
The actual Synopsis:
Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.
What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.
Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap
This is a book that took me on a rollercoaster of emotions and gave me a character to root for right from the start. A book filled with sadness and a satisfying ending.