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Today I’m going to review a magical realism book ‘The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender’ by Lesyle Walton.
I’m going to start off by saying that I’m not a huge fan of the genre ‘Magical realism’ not because I’m not into the whole idea of reality mixed with something magical or anything like that but because it confuses the hell out of me and It’s so hard to interpret if what’s going on in the book is the reality aspect of it or the magical aspect of it .
Don’t get me wrong , I love stories or games where i have to think and use my brains but…mostly, in magical realism it’s up to you and how you want to understand it and that is what I don’t like about this particular genre.
However, A few months ago I got introduced to the book ‘The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava lavender’ by one of my favorite booktuber . The name of the book sounded cool, the book looked pretty and the story seemed so intriguing and thus, I went ahead and bought it but once I realized it was magical realism I let it sit on the bookshelf for about a month or so and then I finally decided to give it a go. (Because I had nothing else to read ) and thank God I did because I loved this book.
It is a beautiful book. I fell in love with the writing, the writing is in this lyrical prose format and it’s so pleasant and satisfying to read.
For those who don’t know what this book is about or haven’t read it, It’s about the Roux family and the book follows through the tales of the tragic love stories of the women from this family.The story has a strong sense of family , love, pain , historical ,magic.
Though the book is named after the character Ava Lavender who is born with wings and it’s how she ventures into the world and experiences new things because of her constant desire to fit in with the others, it isn’t entirely about her. All the women of the family were given just enough importance. All the characters in this story are so unique and beautiful in their own way.
I loved the vibes I got from this book and it really does tug your heart strings and makes you feel such emotions. There are parts in this book that are so heartwarming and there are some parts where you just want to curl up into your bed and cry.
I have to warn you that this book does contain some dark parts that’s just really depressing , So if you don’t like anything sad or something that is in the content of ‘abuse’ or anything of that sort or if you tend to get sad easily and don’t like things that make you feel sad and depressed, it’s best if you stay away from this book.
You can’t really hate a lot of characters in this book. I think I just ended up just hating one character . My favorite character was Ava’s grandmother, Emilienne. I love her story and her character . I really like the way she reacts to the situations and just everything about her.
It was a fairly easy book to understand. I enjoyed the book until I reached the end of it. It has that ‘magical realism’ ending to it that I don’t like (But again…It is a magical realism book). I don’t know what the ending signifies, whether the author means what she has written or if it is be understood in the magical aspect of it? I don’t know.
I have watched so many videos and read so many posts about the ending but they all say the same thing ,that is “ It’s the way you interpret the ending.”
Overall, it was a beautiful book ( I know I have said this over a hundred times already ) and if you want to give magical realism a go if you never did, I highly recommend this book and if y’ll have read any magical realism books that you think I’ll like or the viewers will then go ahead and comment the names of the books below.
And also , I wrote this review based on what I thought about the book and if you disagree with me in any part of this review that’s okay too. We all have our own views and opinions on things.
“Love makes us such fools.”
― Leslye Walton, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
I love you all so much ❤
P.S : I was thinking of doing a post on my favorite booktubers and favorite makeup youtubers . Let me know if any of y’ll would like something like that.