Contemporary, YA Fiction

Strange Girl by Christopher Pike

My experience reading this book was a very funny one. At that time, I was studying for my positive psychology course, where we were learning about mindfulness and meditation and this “other Self”…. which is pretty much what this book is all about! I hadn’t expected this novel to turn out this way but it did and it made it a very interesting experience. Anyways, while the novel is still fresh in my mind, here is my review:

When Fred meets Aja, he knows that she is a different kind of girl. She’s pretty and shy and seems to radiate a sense of peace and calm. How can Fred not fall in love with her? But there is more to Aja then just this. Somehow, Aja seems to have some kind of power that allows her to perform…well, miracles. She can make riots calm down with just one word and can heal serious injuries with just her touch. And yet, Aja denies everything. According to her, she has no idea how these things are happening. Unfortunately, word of these “miracles” is spreading everywhere and everyone wants to know how Aja is doing it. And they won’t rest until they get answers.

This story was definitely not what I was expecting. I thought it would be more of a fantasy story with magic involved. But it had a lot more to do with meditation and the understanding of the inner self. It was a really nice story that makes you really think differently about the world and who you are and your place in everything. It definitely is not for everyone – people who are familiar with concepts like loving-kindness, meditation, and mindfulness will definitely enjoy this story more than skeptics. But it was well-written and can be quite gripping once you give it a chance. I don’t think I have ever read any fiction novel that has dealt with these concepts in such an easily approachable way and if I had to give it a rating out of 5 stars, it would be a 3 for sure!

Happy reading ~

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