3 Sep 2016

Review: An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay

As their senior year approaches, four diverse friends joined by their weekly Dungeons & Dragons game struggle to figure out real life. Archie's trying to cope with the lingering effects of his parents' divorce, Mari's considering an opportunity to contact her biological mother, Dante's working up the courage to come out to his friends, and Sam's clinging to a failing relationship. The four eventually embark on a cross-country road trip in an attempt to solve--or to avoid--their problems.
Told in the narrative style of Akira Kurosawa's RASHOMAN, AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES is at turns geeky, funny, and lyrical as it tells a story about that time in life when friends need each other to become more than just people that hang out.
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Alfie, Mari, Sam and Dante are this book’s main four characters. They are a group of friends, all round about seventeen years old. They all have problems with their lives and their families. There is Mari who’s been adopted and is confronted with the fact that her Mum has breast cancer and might die. Then there’s Alfie whose Dad has suddenly come out and told them that he is gay after many years of married life. Added to this surprise is the fact that Alfie’s grandparents think that their son is sick and cannot accept the revelation because of their Catholic beliefs. Dante has a secret which he cannot keep to himself and Sam is upset because his girlfriend moved away and broke off their relationship. The main story is set around Sam’s quest to win her back. So the group of friends go on a road trip across America at the end of summer where they discover how hard it can be to be on your own.
I liked the fact that the story is well written and interesting. I especially liked the fact that they were all helping Sam, but I didn't like the fact that it was often quite depressing and sad.

Review by mother and daughter duo, Helene & Shona Tiernan.
Both are avid readers of fiction, enjoying a wide range of topics. Helene is a former journalist, a trained yoga teacher and also enjoys putting pen to paper herself. Her daughter Shona is a 14-year-old teenager who sings, plays the violin, drums and is passionate about tap dancing and her little brother. Both love diving into different worlds through the eyes of an author. Originally from Belgium, they currently live in Portugal with their family.


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