Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book Review: COFFEE AT LITTLE ANGELS by Nadine Rose Larter

Title: Coffee at Little Angels
Author: Nadine Rose Larter
Publisher: Katalina Playroom
Format: eBook Novel
Source: Author
Genre: Fiction

Description: Phillip, Sarah, Kaitlyn, Caleb, Maxine, Grant, Melanie and Josh grew up in a small town where they spent their high school years together as an inseparable clique. But high school has ended, and they are all living their own “grown up” lives, each under the impression that their group has basically come to an end. When Phillip dies in a hit and run accident, Kaitlyn summons the others to all come back home, forcing a reunion that no one is particularly interested in partaking in.

Coffee at Little Angels follows how each character deals with the death of a childhood friend while at the same time dealing with their own ignored demons after years of separation. Events unfold as the group tries to rekindle the friendship they once shared to honour the memory of a friend they will never see again.

Review: Going home again is never quite the same in Coffee at Little Angels by Nadine Rose Larter.

When their friend Phillip dies, his friends return to their small town and come together as one since high school. Yet, this tight clique is anything but tight anymore. In fact, they can’t seem to stand each other, but they must find a way to rekindle their friendship and honor the memory of their friend who bound the together.

Coffee at Little Angels is a character-driven story. The reader follows all the characters in a first person narrative as they deal with their friend’s death, their current lives, and the lives they left behind after high school. As a reader, the first person point of view changes from character to character are sometimes difficult to follow. I often had to flip back and see who was talking. The central plot revolves around the friends as they deal with their friend Phillip’s death. There is a hint of mystery behind it, but the questions are left unresolved at the end of the novel. The social injustices filtering into the background of the story are poignant. The emotions run high in Larter’s work. I smiled and laughed at some points. Others, I teared up.

Overall, Nadine Rose Larter’s Coffee at Little Angels is a touching story about friendship and the ties that bind us.

Three Bookworms = I liked it!