Monday, May 09, 2016

Reader's Diary #1309- Sarah Crysl Akhtar: Star Maven

For the most part, Sarah Crysl Akhtar's "Star Maven" is fun, sci-fi story for Mother's Day, one that exaggerates the idea of the super-mom. At times, however, the mother in question comes across as just a tad overbearing and creepy, aka the mother in Robert Munsch's Love You Forever, but I suppose fine if we don't take it too seriously.

Told from the point of view of an adult son or daughter, the mother is presented as a genius who uses her gifts primarily to keep tabs on her child. You can sense that the child is proud but perhaps vaguely overwhelmed by this, except that the mother's meddling and smarts winds up saving the day.

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