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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
Consoling Angel by Denise Alicea is a short story about Mira and her admiration for James Dean. She and her father used to spend time together watching James Dean movies. Since her father passed away, she feels that James Dean is keeping her connected to him and keeping his memory alive somehow. She never in a million years thought she would ever meet her favorite actor, but maybe dreams do come true…
Short stories are usually hit or miss for me, but this one got to me on a whole other level…in a good way. Yes, I had my doubts about a teenager meeting an actor who has been deceased decades before her time, but it worked! It was so well written that my doubts immediately disappeared when James Dean came into the picture. I had a fan girl moment, as if I was meeting him right along with Mira. I had a ridiculously big smile on my face in addition to butterflies in my stomach. Only an amazing writer can have that effect on me, especially in such a short amount of time. So, kudos to Denise Alicea! My only complaint, which can’t really be considered a complaint, is that I wish it were longer. I want more Mira. I want more James Dean. But honestly, it is kind of perfect the way it is. I just hope to see more from this awesome author. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go read Consoling Angel a few more times because I cannot get this smile off my face.