Sometimes a synopsis just grabs your attention and refuses to let go. For me, Soon the Light Will Be Perfect is one such book. A coming-of-age story set in rural Vermont, it had a universality that it could have been set in Anytown, America.
Patterson has pulled one life-changing year out of our young protagonist’s life. In this year we experience the highs and lows of growing up in this time and place. I could recognize some of his trials and tribulations, some from my own life, some from others I knew. Patterson does not paint a pretty picture; I appreciate this, because life isn’t always shiny and happy.
Soon the Light Will Be Perfect was outside of my usual reading genres, but I like to mix things up to change the pace. This book worked for me with its gloomy reality and troubled protagonist. I felt sympathy for him and his situation. At other times, I was appalled at just how fast life was forcing him to grow up.
Patterson truly captivated me with this story, and although it is set in a specific time and place, the themes it explores are apt to connect with anyone and everyone.
I think that this is a book that just won’t get the attention that it deserves. Despite the connections that it creates, the marvelous touches of humor, and the dark, brooding characters, I don’t think it is the type of book that people will fall in love with, at the same time, it shouldn’t generate the hate that tarnishes reading. Unfortunately, I think that it will fall into a long list of good books that are lost in the mass of available books.
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