A written review by Adrienne
“Freak Observer” by Blythe Woolston
Loa, 16, is lost, drifting through school, work and home, and alone. Asta, her little sister was the sun the family revolved around and when she died from a genetic defect the family disintegrated each isolated in their grief. Loa flows with the tide and is pushed into a strange relationship with her partner from debate club and pulled into a promising friendship at a new school.
Woolston’s debut book is viewed through Loa’s prism of grief and loneliness allowing readers to truly view loss. “Freak Observer” is the winner of the 2011 William C. Morris Award. Recommended for High School and up.