Title: The House at 758
Author: Kathryn Berla
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Krista is still grieving the untimely death of her mother when her father’s new girlfriend, Marie, moves into their home. Krista’s father has already moved on and wants Krista to do the same, but she’s not ready to resume a normal life yet. To make matters worse, her best and only remaining friend, Lyla, is heading to Maine for the summer to spend time with her grandparents.
Distancing herself from everyone around her, Krista spends all of her time sitting or sleeping in a tent on her roof, shoplifting just for the thrill, and obsessively watching a mysterious house, the house at 758.
When a fellow classmate, Jake, takes a sudden interest in her, Krista feels excited for the first time in two years, but after their first date, feelings of guilt consume her, and she ends up pushing Jake away.
It isn’t until her grandfather makes a surprise visit from Venezuela that Krista finally comes out of her shell. As her grandfather tells her stories about his past during the Holocaust, Krista learns to confront her grief and begin to let things go.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to the author who sent me a copy!!
Ok, so I am SOOO happy to announce that I really enjoyed this book!! I will admit, I was a bit hesitant but DANG my hesitations were proved so very wrong. This book is an incredible story about a girl who had to fight her way back to happiness and acceptance after a life-changing accident that sent her into a dark pit full of uncertainty. The detailed writing allowed me to see and follow the scenes in my head. Something that I really noticed (and loved) was that the characters in the book were so relatable along with the obstacles they faced! It really helps when readers have something they can relate to and can add a certain effect that makes them feel like they’re not alone in this world. Along with that, all the characters were very well thought-out and described. Let me put it this way, in some books, you read the characters and move on, but end up thinking later on, “Who was that person again?” Yeah, no. Not in this book. Even I (Who is like Dory and forgets everything) could remember which character was which. My favorite character due to his hilarious personality was probably the Grandfather.
So, I believe that I saw some symbolism in this book, and it was such a lovely literary aspect to add. It gave the story some more OMPH! Do to spoilers, I can’t say the symbolism, but just know that it’s there…Symbolism wasn’t the only other aspect though. I personally loved the flashbacks that were included in this story. Those helped give readers some needed background information of certain characters along with answers to questions that I had.
Here are some things I wasn’t too fond of…
- The Grandfather was there for a reason (again I can’t spoil why) and that whole reason dead-ended. It sounded serious and had a serious vibe, so….What happened??
- Some scenes in the book were unnecessary and contributed nothing to the story. A certain scene was a little too repetitive for my taste.
All in all, I give this book 3.5 stars. It had such an inspiring message of forgiveness and acceptance that I related to as I’m sure many others can as well. While it had some imperfections, it’s a good, solid read and I recommend it to people who enjoy thought-provoking books along with a dose of reality. Thank you so much to the author who sent me a copy! I truly enjoyed it.