Most adults change the cadence and octave of their natural speaking voice when they address children. They believe that children are bit slower, a bit dumber than they. Mr. Dahl, though, perceives the quickness and brightness of those busy brains.
When a man has genius and arrogance, he acquires fans. A girl with genius and arrogance gets framed for murder.
Early on in life, Blaise sees past the gild of tradition; she perceives that the societal norms so often crammed down people’s throats rarely deliver on their feeblest promises. So, she blazes her own path.
I’m on Your Side, like this review, is a very quick read. The tone of the prose is perfectly young adult: slightly melodramatic, self-assured yet vulnerable. Reading this book meant taking a step back in time emotionally. I remembered the anger I felt towards the chaos of the world.
I believe that books, like people, are rarely a lost cause. But, I also believe that when a relationship goes sour, the bravest, wisest thing you can do is to let go.
Every generation has the option to grow, to adapt, to become stronger. It also has the option to idle, to dig in its heels and pretend a problem will go away if only the symptoms are ignored.