Book Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Author: Leslye Walton
Length: 301 pages (Not long enough)
Genre: Magical Realism
My Rating: ★★★★★
How do I even begin with this review? I have so much love for this book and the writing style of Leslye Walton. Unfortunately for all of us, this is Leslye's first and only novel that has been published to date, but safe to say I'm definitely insta-buying anything she writes in the future.
This was my first real experience with the genre of magical realism (Landline totally does NOT count) and man, it was a good one. What I knew going into this book was that it was about a girl who was born with wings. What I did not know was that it was structured in a way to tell the whole story of her entire family. It starts out with her great-grandmother and works its way chronologically to Ava. At the beginning of the book, I was a little disappointed because I really just wanted to get to the girl with wings. I was so wrong to be impatient about that, because as it turns out, the entire family was incredibly interesting.
Along with being extremely intriguing and at times heartbreaking, the writing was impeccable. Leslye Walton's prose is the most beautiful and lyrical writing I think I've ever read. I loved the juxtaposition of the beauty of her words versus the horrific or somber moments being described. There times where I just had a take a minute and really think about what I had just read. Many moments brought me to tears because besides the strange abilities her characters had, she created some of the most relatable characters I've ever encountered in a book.
Obviously, I have a lot of love for this book. I thought every word was perfect and I can't wait to re-read it!
Let me know if you have read this book and what you think!