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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
Voice of Innocence by Lindsay Detwiler is a bittersweet, coming-of-age novel. Emma Groves is studious and keeps to herself. While sitting in art class on the first day of her tenth grade year, she finds herself partnered with the new student, Corbin Jones. From that moment, the two are destined to be together. Forming an unlikely relationship, they traverse the social problems of high school and grow together. Emma comes out of her shell and finds herself, thanks to Corbin’s gentle mannerisms and unending support. However, one fatal day will change and define their relationship and lives for years to come. Can love conquer the passage of time?
Miss Detwiler weaves together two stories into one. Told from the perspective of both Corbin and Emma, the reader is taken between memories and real-time events. I did like getting the viewpoints of both characters, but I felt it took away from the emotional impact of the story and limited the narrative. I appreciated the use of labels to allow the reader to know who was reminiscing. I would have liked to see variation in the tone between Emma’s recollections and Corbin’s. I felt they were too similar and, without the labels, could be easily misconstrued as one or the other. I also found the ending to be very abrupt and it left me wanting more. Aside from these niggling items, I did enjoy Voice of Innocence and I look forward to reading other works by Miss Detwiler.