Review: Green Heart

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McKenna Mirsky, Staff Reporter

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When most people are suggested a book to read, it’s usually a well-known classic or a movie has been created from the franchise. However, I want to recommend a book for its story, not it’s status. 

The novel Green Heart, written by Alice Hoffman, has such a unique charm to its story, unlike most books. The plot is about a fifteen-year-old girl named Green who loses her family in a terrible tragedy. As she recovers from the loss of her family, she begins to learn to love herself and have the courage to tell her story.

Throughout the story, Hoffman greatly demonstrates the connection between characters and the reader can really relate to each character’s struggles, especially Green’s. Like Green, everyone from time to time doubts themselves, especially when dealing with tragedies. Green’s journey of self-discovery can help those going through difficult situations gain more confidence about themselves and their abilities.  

The story can also make readers have more appreciation for their family or the people they care about. Once Green loses her family, she realizes how much she relied on them and wishes she could have spent more time with her family before their absence. Green’s story can make readers rethink how they are treating those close to them and possibly value their relationship more.  

To continue, the book is greatly able to help people move on with struggles they are dealing with. Green emphasizes how difficult it was for her to recover from the loss of her family, but she eventually accepts the bad experiences and uses them to better herself and encourage others to learn from the past, not run from it. This can influence people to embrace their experiences and follow in Green’s footsteps.

Lastly, the novel is able to keep the readers very entertained. Even though the story has a very simple premise, the beautiful details and strong interactions between characters brings out the story’s best qualities. The further you get in the story, the more difficult it is to put the book down.

Overall, I believe Green Heart is an underrated novel that should earn more appreciation for its beautiful story and uniqueness. It’s one of the few books I have read countless times and can continue to love it even more.

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