Why did I listen to Wave by Diana Farid?
I saw Wave on Netgalley and thought that it sounded like a beautiful coming of age story. It’s also set in the past (the year I was born) so I was curious about that. And it is written in verse format which is one of my favorite formats to read!
What’s the story here?
Ava is a thirteen year old Persian-American girl living in Southern California in 1987. It is summertime and she can’t wait to spend time on the beach with her best friends and listen to all her new favorite music. Unfortunately, things don’t go exactly as planned and Ava is forced to confront many different emotions. Written in verse format, Wave tackles topics such as parental expectations, life threatening illness, racism, culture, parental divorce, grief, OCD, music, surfing, poetry, and friendship. All of these topics are very interconnected and provide a thirteen year old girl a journey to find her place in the world.
How did I like Wave?
Wave is written and set up as a middle grade story but the topics it tackles are something that can resonate with all readers. There is such a strong pulse throughout this beautiful story. I laughed with Ava; empathize with her as she felt her emotions; and cheered her on as she had her coming of age story. This really is her story through and through and I feel like this is something all readers can relate to.
Wave is just so beautifully written and I loved the way that there was a continuous presence of the idea of the eb and flow of waves. Be it waves in the ocean, waves of music, or waves of relationships there is a feeling of embracing the ride and seeing it all the way through. It is because of this that Ava feels so realistic as a character. As a reader, I was completely immersed into the character and the story.
How was the narration?
Wave is read by author Diana Farid and is three and a half hours long. I listened to it at 1.5x speed and really enjoyed how the chapters flowed. There was a beautiful sense of timing and the words are enunciated so that they are easily understood. I usually love when an author reads their own work because you can feel the passion for the project. Wave was a wonderful example of that.
Rating: 4 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**