Mark McKenna’s review of Birch Hills at World’s End is available online at Reading Review:
There comes a time in a teen’s life when childhood is over and adulthood has not yet begun. Teens (to the adult) become sullen and withdrawn. Adults (to the teen) become distant figures with odd rules. Teens spend a few years skulking around the edges of the family, almost as if they’ve joined a strange cult. Eventually (often upon leaving home) deprogramming sets in; rationality returns, and a new human being is born into the world.
Or something like that.
This is the time of life that Geoff Hyatt has made his own in Birch Hills @ World’s End. His skill at recreating the secret life of teens is extraordinary… read more