Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende
Maya is on the run for reasons we don’t understand until well into the book. Her grandmother sends the young American woman off to Chiloe, the most remote part of Chile to disappear. Maya’s notebooks tell the story of her present, living on an island in southern Chile with an old man named Manuel who was a good friend of her grandmother’s. These journals also tell the story of her past starting with her life as a small child being raised by her grandparents through the bad turns her life had taken. Both stories meet up in the present at the very end and all becomes clear.
I was intrigued by the way the storylines progressed and met as they did at the end. The author really keeps you guessing how things will be resolved. While some of the twists are hard to believe the decent of this smart, sweet teenager into alcoholism and drug addiction was all too real and frightening. Fans of realistic fiction who like to read about unknown places will enjoy this tale. At the hands of the author Chiloe really comes to life as a vibrant and desolate community and the edge of the earth and Las Vegas shows it’s underbelly as the dark and dangerous place we knew it could be.
This was a well done audiobook. The youthfulness of the reader’s voice makes you hope that things will turn out for the best for her.