Constantine and the Summer of Lies

A Novella

Young Adult - Action
117 Pages
Reviewed on 07/07/2013
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

"Constantine and the Summer of Lies: A Novella" by Lisa Rusczyk is an interesting tale interspersed with mystery, intrigue and cats. The story is about Celina and the crazy cat lady Silly Sally at whom she throws an egg by mistake. Silly Sally asks her to get her Siamese cat, Constantine off her refrigerator. In fear that Silly Sally would tell her father about throwing the egg at Silly Sally, Celina promises to take Constantine. The story begins like any other story. The scene where Constantine scratches Celina and how the blood brings back memories of her mother's murder is a huge suspense. You do not expect a book that begins with cats to have this kind of intrigue and mystery coming in. That itself makes the book worth a read. It breaks the rhythm of the story in a very good way making the story innovative and unique. The author has woven all the ingredients into the book with great skill.

"Constantine and the Summer of Lies: A Novella" has messages for the reader. It tells you how to face the world boldly and how to make decisions at times which are favorable to yourself. It is conveyed to the reader through how Celina falters in life and how she becomes bold and handles confrontations and learns how to make the right decisions all over again in her life. Constantine the Siamese Cat also has a prominent part in the story because it is he who causes the transition in the story.