Thursday, July 8, 2010

Review: TRUE COLORS by Kristen Hannah

The is a complex novel about a family living on a horse ranch in Washington State.  Three sisters, Winona (the smart one), Aurora (the peacemaker), and Vivi Ann (the pretty one), are raised by their cold and un-loving father after the death of their mother.  The sisters’ close relationship is filled with jealousies, rivalries and love.  However, when a stranger comes to town, events occur which threaten to tear their family to pieces.  More than a family story, True Colors also makes strong comments about the court system in the US.  At times, this book reads like a courtroom drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat. 

While at times I thought the outcomes of certain plotlines in the book were predictable, I enjoyed reading it.  Hannah’s writing is beautiful and descriptive.  The way she handled Vivi Ann’s love story was amazing.  We should all hope to have chemistry like that with someone in our life.  I also liked how multi-dimensional her characters were.  Winona, Vivi Ann and Dallas were flawed and sympathetic at the same time.  Dallas was scary and at the same time vulnerable.  Very well done!  The inclusion of Noah’s diary was nice.  The voice sounded like a teenage boy.  I guess if there was one character lacking, it would have been Aurora.  At times, I wondered if her character needed to be in the book at all. 

Overall I give True Colors

Plot – 2 bookmarks (Interesting, but predictable.)
Characters – 4 bookmarks (Dallas was the most understated, yet interesting.)
Love Story – 3 ½ bookmarks
Courtroom Drama – 3 ½ bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Cathrine Manheim (Winona), Charlize Theron (Vivi Ann), Chaske Spencer (Dallas), Robert Duvall (Father, don’t remember his name), BooBoo Stewart (Noah)

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