Reviewed by Angela
Talent is an emotional and sensitive story of loss, coming to terms with loss and your position and feeling within the family unit. The storyline centres around a group of drama students putting on a professional style show of 'Oklahoma'. We run through the whole of the production from the auditions in which our protagonist, Sandee, flunks, through to the opening night on which Sandee is our hero and saves the day.
Sandee's brother, Brian, went to the same high school as her and has a circle of friends who all know Sandee and her family. Brian went missing in action in Afghanistan eight months earlier and the not knowing if he is coming back is heartbreaking for all. Sandee is a strong minded and strong willed young lady and has some adult challenges to overcome.
This is a very well written and thought out plot to give a satisfying yet sensitive and thoughtful story to a young adult / teenage audience. I am far beyond my teenage years and I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, the rights and wrongs of war, family issues and alcohol dependency. The writing is skillful, flowing and well put together. The characters are well defined and likeable and is generally an easy to read and interesting book.