Sunday, December 22, 2013
Seven Deadlies, A Cautionary Tale, by Gigi Levangie Grazer Review
Seven Deadlies is a warning.
Cautionary, absolutely! Perry Gonzales is a Hispanic teen from a lower income single home attending an elite Los Angeles private school. She also tutors more privileged but less focused kids and helps them onto better paths.
Each section is defined by a different kid and a different kid. So gluttony obviously deals with a teen who overeats, etc.
I love the concept. Really clever, as is the writing. Levangie is brutal in her analysis of what sets people apart. She can also both pick at weakness while showing empathy and warmth. The book works. Not a long or deep read, it's just plain fun.
In the end Perry herself succumbs to a deadly…though the book is a little unclear if she's tutoring or the one in need. And then comes the shocker in a letter from her mother.
Full disclosure…I've met Levangie and admire her whit and talent. She always shines and this book provides a slice of that magic.