A review by aimiller
Venice Beach, by William Mark Habeeb

emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced

4.0

I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program, and I am grateful for the opportunity to read this book. 

This was a compelling coming of age story—it managed to tell it without “feeling” young adult (and I don’t think it is young adult, despite the age of the narrator) which is not me trying to knock YA books, but there is definitely a vibe going on and some of the content is more adult. 

Some of the pacing towards the end felt like it picked up so quickly, and
SpoilerI don’t love a time jump epilogue
but I think the sort of cascading struggles that Moon faces really does a great job of sort of mirroring life in a really good interesting way. Definitely a compelling and interesting examination of identity development in so many ways.