Life is not a fairytale. In fact, at times it is messy and painful. Augusta Trobaugh does a wonderful job of portraying real life through 14-year-old Dove in Swan Place. Her life is anything but easy. Through the pages of this book the reader walks through life with Dove. You feel the pain of the girls’ harsh words at school, the joy of meeting a new friend and the uncertainty of moving to a new place.
Over the course of this book, Dove discovers what she is made of. Is she truly as strong as others thing she is or is she simply a scared little girl trying to make the best of things?
I love how Augusta portrays real life in Swan Place. This is heart breaking at times, but so is life. Augusta’s characters practically leap off the pages. The reader feels for these characters in so many ways. Dove discovers not only what she is made of, but also what is most important in life. The real question throughout the book is whether, despite heartbreaking events in her life, she will ever be able to let herself love anyone and let them get close to her?
I would definitely recommend this book. It lets the reader discover through the good and bad of life what truly matters.