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Friday, October 16, 2009

Embrace Me by Lisa Samson

Drew Parrish used to be a pastor, but now he has left his church and is on the streets. Not literally the streets, but close enough. He feels that he failed as a pastor because everything couldn't be perfect. So now he spends his days cataloguing his sins in notebooks in order to give them to a local priest. The first half of the book records these such writings.

Valentine travels around with a side show of "freaks" like herself. She is called the Lizard Woman, because her skin in deformed as the result of an acid accident. She lives her life in a very mediocre way-just day after day, night after night, working a steady job with people just like her. But something in her past has haunted her for nearly six years. Only one other person knows about it, and she refuses to forgive that person for what they did.

For all it's worth, none of what I wrote above came off of the cover description of this book. The cover description was highly misleading and unprofessional. I don't know what somebody was thinking.

But back to the plot. As usual, Lisa Samson has realistic, imperfect characters. But these don't necessarily make you laugh. They make you think. It's a good thing these characters are a departure from her usual crazy female leads. I don't know how many more of those we could take.

The whole book is a complete departure for Lisa Samson. It's a departure for anybody. I've never read anything like it. It's a modern-day parable about loving the unlovable.

The end will catch you off guard. When you're done with it, you don't quite know what to think right off. And because of this, there isn't much more I can say about the book. The end isn't one of Samson's usual perfect ends. There are many things left undone that could have been fixed.

The main reason this book is five stars is because there aren't any problems with it. Lisa Samson has finally eliminated her few mistakes that were standing in between her and a five star book. For that, I am proud of her.

5 stars

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