Melissa, a shy teenage girl, feels lost in a transnational high society world that drives her to the depths of despair. But her attraction to the very human Kasho, who has snippets of philosophy to impart, eventually enables her to develop her own strengths.
But Kasho doesn’t dwell physically on Earth.
Melissa’s realistic story traverses class, gender, and power dynamics. She is expected to walk, or is bullied into walking, a certain path required of her class, including marrying a certain man. It’s only when she connects with Kasho, a native man whose values are in-line with hers, that she finds a kindred spirit who truly sees her.
In an age of bullying and teen suicide, the resonating lesson throughout the story is “There is always a way of making your life better.” But how will she and her best friend, Daisy, find it?
I was offered a copy of this book to review on my book blog and whilst it is not a book I would normally choose – science fiction fantasy. However, I was intrigued by the blurb and I found this to be an inspirational story for young adult readers.
The author, Camilla Chance, has created a story with a strong message. The writing is creative, realistic and expressive with memorable characters.
The book is set during the late 1950s and is a moving coming-of-age story which remains relevant in today’s world.
There are a wide range of topics covered including friendship, abuse, suicide, spiritual and personal growth.
Thank you to Camilla Chance and Sherri Rosen for the opportunity to read and review this book. This review is my own opinion.
- TITLE: Melissa and Kasho
- AUTHOR: Camilla Chance
- PUBLISHER: Austin Macauley Publishers
- PUBLICATION DATE: 17 March 2018
- ISBN13: 9781947353909