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4.8 2
Young Adult Fiction 140
"ChasingTime" (first novel in the 'Adrielle Maddox' trilogy)
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I was impressed by the fact the author was able to avoid the use of vulgar language in the midst of her exciting and often dangerous story … rare, indeed, in this day and age … opting instead for hip, yet G-rated exclamations, adding to the charm and authenticity of her story. The novel is a testament to her commitment to creating a positive contribution to the literary world of YA fiction. In conclusion, "Chasing Time" is a refreshing and positive story of love, discovery and triumph.
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The novel features a diverse cast of characters who each bring their unique personality and perspective to the story. Wakefield's four primary sidekicks to her main character, Adrielle, include different mixtures of economic backgrounds, heritage, race and gender, thus providing a refreshing and inclusive portrayal of and for young adults. The author's respectful attitude towards the LBGTQ+ community is also up-front through her inclusion of one of her four main characters, and perhaps her most likeable, ‘Dave.’ Adrielle herself, being an albino teenager, is unique in this genre. History, setting and time travel are all handled in a way totally accessible to her YA audience. Through her approach to character development and use of language, Wakefield creates a relatable and inclusive story that promotes acceptance, respect and diversity, while not sacrificing adventure and intrigue mixed-in with a whole lot of fun.
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