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Club 1117 Review Crew

by Julia B., Glen Burnie High School

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is an interesting and unique book that focuses on life, trauma and its effects. The story begins with the main protagonist, Theodore Decker, and his mother visiting the museum. During the visit, Theo is entranced with a stranger and his granddaughter, but also a painting of a goldfinch. The peaceful and quiet moment is soon cut off by a man-made explosion.  

The explosion caused the museum to be damaged, killing Theo’s mother and leaving Theo with PTSD, a ring that was given to him before the stranger’s death and the painting of the goldfinch. The ring helped start Theodore’s journey, the trauma helped dictate how he lived his life and the painting helped him figure out who he was.  

The book and the characters hit close to home for me. The story perfectly describes what it is like to live with PTSD, depression and anxiety. The characters and the book’s point of view helps people understand and sympathize what it is like to struggle through hard events. The story isn’t for light-hearted people. It delves into drug abuse, neglectfulness, manipulation and more. Despite the book bringing attention to negative topics, it also shows the good in the bad. I have no complaints about the book, there are no cliffhangers and the characters are well developed. The story is a five out of five star book, in my opinion. 

Click here to checkout The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

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