The Girls of Corona Del Mar - Rufi Thorpe

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Mia and Lorrie Ann vivem em uma cidade pequena na Califórnia chamada Corona Del Mar. É nesta cidade em que depois de um tempo tudo que era rico foi aos poucos se acabando, e tudo o que as duas amigas viam como grandioso foi se proliferando e diminuindo cada vez mais, inclusive a amizade delas. A experiência de viver naquele lugar com duas famílias que também estavam sendo destruídas por perdas ficava cada dia mais dolorida, e a situação infindável de momentos ruins parecia não ter fim.

Isso é o que Mia sempre achou. Sempre acreditou que tinha algo de errado ou maligno perto de Lorrie Ann já que mesmo parecendo angelical, as coisas ruins aconteciam com ela. Parece que o mal a perseguia de algum jeito estranho e perturbador.

Everything was changing very quickly. And Terry's death was just the first thing, the first knock of those bad luck vultures at Lorrie Ann's window. In the years that followed, more and more of them would come, shaking their blond heads, making the skin on their faces red, raw and peeled. Page 25

Rufi Thone describes in The Girls of Corona Del Mar uma amizade ao longo dos anos, com uma breve descrição de quando elas eram crianças e a geração dos grandes problemas no início do ensino médio. É a partir daí que a autora começa a colocar as questões mais difíceis que vão aos poucos moldar a amizade entre Lorrie Ann e Mia.

Quem já está um pouco acostumada com livros Young adult não vai encontrar nada demais na leitura, até porque é mais na fase a partir dos dezessete anos, onde certos assuntos começam a se desenvolver. O que mais me impressionou é que a autora colocou alguns assuntos polêmicos e que dão embasamento para muita discussão a respeito de preconceitos, opiniões a favor ou contra e tudo o mais. O aborto é um dos temas que são recorridos durante boa parte da obra. Quem tem uma visão mais fechada sobre o assunto vai sentir uma certa crueldade por parte deste tema.

I am being unfair in presenting him in this way, presenting only the worst side of him so coldly. Because Lorrie Ann fell in love with him, and she had her reasons, but I suspect that much of her love was actually a feather disguised as love. Page 115

Motherhood itself is something discussed in the book. On the one hand, we have Mia, a woman who decided not to have children and go to the world in search of professional success. On the other hand, we have Lorrie Ann, who left her dreams and accepted motherhood early, even with the difficulty of raising a child with a disability. I confess that I was shocked by some moments, since I had a vision now focused on what Mia thought and now focused on what Lorrie Ann thought.

She nodded quickly, as if she knew exactly what I was talking about and I suddenly found that I was howling like a mortally wounded animal, and Lorrie Ann's arms were around me, and I was sixteen again, and she was mine friend. Page 237

Gradually the reader discovers everything that the decisions of each friend resulted and how the friendship was distancing. You can also notice that even though the book is younger, the author uses many bad words and this can impact the reading of those who are not very used to reading this. At the most I believe that it is a work to think about the real reason to keep something for life and that there is no reason to question the actions taken by other people, since each life has its pains and needs. I was wishing for something different in the end, but after I analyzed it more I realized that there was no way there could be a different result, much less a result that would fit into something that would form a happy ending. At least in the eyes of those who expect a cliché. After all, life is never a cliché. Good!

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