Review: A Straight Line To My Heart

A Straight Line To My Heart
A Straight Line To My Heart by Bill Condon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bill Condon writes wryly moving novels that speak to the heart of family and the teenage experience. His previous novels have dealt with dysfunctional families, naive Catholic adolescents in the 50s, unusual blended families, and hard things to talk about like family violence and grief.
In A Straight Line to my Heart, Tiff lives with Reggie and Bull. The kindness of strangers has saved the younger Tiff from an orphanage. Reggie’s family are friends of Tiff’s aunt, who is unable to care for the little girl, and they take Tiff in and love her as their own. And Tiff repays their love with her own deep and profound love of them.
This story opens as Tiff visits the library, her sanctuary of quiet familiarity at a time of change and upheaval in her life. Tiff and Kayla have just finished their last year of school, and their lives are in a state of flux. A young man approaches Tiff in the library, and Tiff is drawn to him in a way that she doesn’t understand.
There are a number of conflicting and overlapping story lines in this novel – friendship, family, adult- and childhood, first love, grief and change, and Condon handles them all with aplomb and heartfelt authenticity.

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Review: Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God

Confessions of a Liar, Theif and Failed Sex GodConfessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God by Bill Condon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bill Condon writes teenage boys so well, and this book is no exception. Set in the 1960s, just prior to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam conflict, Confessions follows a year in the life of Neil Bridges and his mates. Dealing with issues of faith, first love, religion and family, this is both funny and poignant.

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