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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante — Book Review

 

My Brilliant Friend was an outstanding read and this is my book review for Middle Chicks, written in the form of a letter to Elena Ferrante, the author.

Dear Ms. Ferrante, I really enjoyed your book, My Brilliant Friend. The story was told in an unusual way that captivated me from the very beginning. It was so well-constructed, I would find myself lost in the book, deeply engrossed in its brilliance. The way the words are used is magical. It was truly one of the best books I have ever read. I discovered your book because my mom read a review about it, and then we learned that an HBO series had been developed based on the story. We both decided that we needed to read it so that we could watch the series together once we finished the book.

In My Brilliant Friend, the relationship between Elena and Lila shows the true struggles of friendship and illustrates that nothing is perfect. It shares the story of how Elena gets through things when her life is not so great, which are important lessons for all of us. Those things include her brother, Rino, not being there for her when she needed him and her dad not being much of a father figure, but instead just an angry old man who cares about money and perfection. I loved the part about her getting the chance to go to Ischia and coming back ready for anything coming her way and helping Lila through things.

Your story about when Elena is growing up not only shows the struggles of friendships, but of the pressure to be the smartest she can be. Elena grew into a new body and at first hated it because she was too tall, and had acne, but realized that it’s all a part of growing up and learning as a person. She experienced all of the emotions: Sad, happy, lonely, depressed, joyful, loved, fearful, etc. She dealt with every problem that came her way, like the Solaras, and her brother getting into fights.

My Brilliant Friend touches on aspects of growing up and having new experiences every day that really made me think. There are many emotions: Love, hatred, joy, sadness, fear, and so many more things that make this book so very excellent. Every detail was valuable, and every moment was precious. This book was really inspirational, and took me by surprise. Just when you thought something great was going to happen, instead, something bad did. The ending really captured my attention and I was so sad when I finished it. I loved this book so much and it really inspired me in so many ways.

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Lola Kramer

Lola Kramer is a contributing writer for the Middle Chicks' blog and hopes to someday parlay her love of travel and writing into a career. This is a start.