Assembly of shapes by Danielle Weiler
Ranga Books, 2015. ISBN 9780987546715
(Age: 16+) Highly recommended. 'I need a place, just for me, a place to escape, a place to just be. If I could create an assembly of shapes on endless pages I do believe my life would be complete.'
The main character, Chas is an intense character, so skilfully drawn that the reader feels they know him and the suburb he lives in.
Chas is working his way through year 11 and has lots of secrets. He doesn't know who his father is, he's in love with his best friend's girlfriend and he is an 'undercover' artist.
This book is about relationships. Relationship with family, friends, and self are all put under the microscope in this captivating story.
The writing style is compelling and the situations portrayed so realisticly as to be shocking and thought provoking. Chas grows in maturity as he tackles the challenge to achieve his dreams, seemingly against all odds. He has unexpected champions and foes as the story unfolds, culminating in unexpected tragedy.
The power of this book is the reality of the situations the young characters find themselves dealing with. There is much to discuss and explore.
'I've finally done it. They will all be safe. And this is the sole reason for my sacrifice.'