Title: Destiny Road
Author: Melissa Wray
Published: August 27th 2012 by Morris Publishing Australia (first published August 15th 2012)
Page Count: 286
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
Shelf: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Destiny Road is about a sixteen year old girl Jessica, who is building up to making a most important decision. One that will affect the rest of her life. It is a story of decision, growth and acceptance.
Jessica is sixteen when she meets Bill for the first time. Six months later she is moved away by her mother, to begin a new life, away from what she knows. Away from the man she is just realising she might have wanted in her life all along, her biological father. So begins Jessica’s journey of living with the choices made by herself and those around her.
This novel was intense right from the very first page. What I liked best about the intensity? It wasn’t your stereotypical action-adventure induced intensity. It was all emotionally based. This novel made me cry. It made me laugh. It also made me rethink a great many choices that I had or was about to make. Life is in the choices that you make and that are made for you.
Wray’s descriptions lay out the scene perfectly. They are in-depth enough to give you all of the details necessary to picture the scene or scenery, but do not go so far that you get lost in the description, losing out on the story as a whole. This story was so well written that you felt like you were living it yourself.
The main characters in this story were immaculately developed. They were real people. They never once seemed fictitious. It added to the realism and approachability of the subject matter. You know who the characters are and how they will react. Their approachability makes it that much easier to relate to them or for your heart to reach out to them throughout the novel. I also appreciated the fact that Wray did not waste time developing minor characters. You know who they are and enough about them to fulfil their purpose in the novel but the plot of the story is not slowed down while we find out their life histories.
With Destiny Road Wray created a brilliant world that was so real you couldn’t help but cringe at the downturns and smile at the upturns. This was a phenomenal first book. I cannot wait to read any further publications by this budding artist.
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