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[Review] Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi, illustrated by Craig Phillips

July 28, 2013

Chasing Shadows.  Avashni, Swati.  Craig Phillips, illustrator. 320 pages. $17.99.  Random House.  September 24, 2013.  9780375863424.  Swati Avashni’s second book, a hybrid book of both print and graphic format, with the graphic form delving into the fantasy world that one of the main characters create as a form of escape from the horrific act  of violence that causes the death of a friend.

Corey, Holly and Savitri are friends. Corey is shot and killed by a mysterious gunman. Holly, Corey’s twin survives the shooting but falls into a coma.  When she awakes, her desire to find the killer of her brother drives her to insanity.  Savitri just wants her only remaining friend to to come back to her so she can have someone to share her grief with.  Told from the point of view of both survivors, this book examines the fragile boundaries of friendship and how far one is willing to go to support a friend–especially when the friend is choosing to turn down the wrong path.

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