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Are Alyzon’s new abilities a blessing . . . or a curse?

Alyzon Whitestarr doesn't take after her musically talented father or her nocturnal, artistic mother. In fact, she’s the most normal member of a very eccentric family . . . until the day that an accident leaves her more unique than she ever could have dreamed.

Suddenly colors are more vibrant to Alyzon; her memory is flawless; but strangest of all is Alyzon’s sense of smell. Her best friend smells of a comforting sea breeze. She registers her father’s contentment as the sweet scent of caramelized sugar. But why does the cutest guy in school smell so rancid?

With Alyzon’s extrasensory perception comes intrigue and danger, as she becomes aware of the dark secrets and hidden ambitions that threaten her family. In the end, being different might be less of a blessing than a curse. . . .


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Published: Random House Publishing Group on Jun 23, 2009
ISBN: 9780375853906
List price: $9.99
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A thought-provoking fantasy set in this reality from the perspective of the plain, untalented teenage daughter who comes from a poor but an incredibly artistic family, who finds her senses are extended after she's in an accident. I don't agree with all of it's philosophy, but it's a fantastic book.I rather liked that it was set in reality, not fantasy land. I’m not sure why, but I did. I found myself being drawn into it. It was captivating and very hard to put down. The fantasy element was a bit difficult to cope with at first, but it soon became part of the story – and more importantly, part of the character. Part of Aly. Essentially, it was a book about the battle between good and evil. It was about what one expresses through art – through music, through painting, and through what you write. Aly comes from a musical family, except for her mother who is a painter. She’s seen as the odd-one out, but her talent would have to be for writing. No one seems to realise it; in fact, I don’t think I realised it until I wrote it. Aly has a way of putting things into words, just as her father has a way of putting things into his music. “Being angry isn’t the same as being young.”It had some interesting ideas in it. It was saying something about the world; about people and about life. It wasn’t just trying to tell a story. But it also was a story about being a teenager. About relating to , about friendship, about school and how people view you because you are a teenager. It was about compassion, and bonds between people.I thought it clever, the way Alyzon gave information about her family which later turned out to be important, but in a way that it didn’t seem important at the time. I liked her family, how they were dysfunctionally functional. I liked Alyzon’s friends; I liked how they trusted and related to each other, and took each other’s peculiarities in their stride. It's just a book I felt I really got something out of. It is different, captivating and interesting. It is moving, and it has something to say, as well as a good story to tell. Rereading it, I wish there was less superfluous description, but such detail is simply part of its style, and took several rereads before I even noticed it.read more
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A thought-provoking fantasy set in this reality from the perspective of the plain, untalented teenage daughter who comes from a poor but an incredibly artistic family, who finds her senses are extended after she's in an accident. I don't agree with all of it's philosophy, but it's a fantastic book.I rather liked that it was set in reality, not fantasy land. I’m not sure why, but I did. I found myself being drawn into it. It was captivating and very hard to put down. The fantasy element was a bit difficult to cope with at first, but it soon became part of the story – and more importantly, part of the character. Part of Aly. Essentially, it was a book about the battle between good and evil. It was about what one expresses through art – through music, through painting, and through what you write. Aly comes from a musical family, except for her mother who is a painter. She’s seen as the odd-one out, but her talent would have to be for writing. No one seems to realise it; in fact, I don’t think I realised it until I wrote it. Aly has a way of putting things into words, just as her father has a way of putting things into his music. “Being angry isn’t the same as being young.”It had some interesting ideas in it. It was saying something about the world; about people and about life. It wasn’t just trying to tell a story. But it also was a story about being a teenager. About relating to , about friendship, about school and how people view you because you are a teenager. It was about compassion, and bonds between people.I thought it clever, the way Alyzon gave information about her family which later turned out to be important, but in a way that it didn’t seem important at the time. I liked her family, how they were dysfunctionally functional. I liked Alyzon’s friends; I liked how they trusted and related to each other, and took each other’s peculiarities in their stride. It's just a book I felt I really got something out of. It is different, captivating and interesting. It is moving, and it has something to say, as well as a good story to tell. Rereading it, I wish there was less superfluous description, but such detail is simply part of its style, and took several rereads before I even noticed it.
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