My First Fiction Review Ever!
Sara's obsessed with both the known quantities of personal items and in the covering up of what is personal. Later, as she rediscovers these objects, she finds them changed by her actions, which has made them both functionally useless and artistically alive at the same time. By being hidden and then uncovered, they become something else completely, requiring new modes of thinking about them. This change is also reflected nicely in the ensemble of characters that inhabit the story.
Part of almost all coming-of-age stories is the recognition that the other characters are just as confused and scared as the narrator, and that by recognizing this quality in others the narrator can learn to deal with it in herself.
That seems to be my theme, or maybe my broken record, but regardless, it feels great to get it across. Read the rest of the review here.