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{April 14, 2013}   {Review} Worlds Apart by Luke Loaghan

12388229From Goodreads: Worlds Apart – An Epic High School Supernatural Tragedy

The high school prom was the worst night of David’s life, and twenty years later, he’s unable to get over high school. But who could, given the tragic circumstances that night?

There are nine student deaths at Stanton High School every year. Surviving senior year has never been so stressful. In the 1980’s, crime, gangs, and violence, have taken over New York City, making life a challenge for any student.

The story follows David from the first day of his senior year, all the way to graduation. Doubts, a lack of direction, and regret are weighing heavily on his mind. He is a musical prodigy confused about college, life, and career choices. He can’t trust his classmates at his ultra-competitive high school, where the goal is Harvard (no matter who gets hurt in the process.) Delancey is the girl of his dreams, but she is out of his league. The SATS, choices for college, school dances, and the prom, all start to overwhelm David.
A fellow student, obsessed with the metaphysical world, befriends David, opening the door to a whole reality. David must give the musical performance of his life in order to win back the girl of his dreams. An unforeseen supernatural plot twist leads the reader to a thrilling and suspenseful ending, as David finds himself in a life or death situation.

Worlds Apart is a modern day retelling of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

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I’m sorry to say that I did not care for this novel.  The typos, choppy narration, and unrealistic character dialogue made it difficult for me to read.  Having spent most of my life around teenagers, from the 80s-present, I feel like I have to note that most teens do not speak to their friends using proper grammar, forgoing the use of contractions.  Yet, in Worlds Apart, that’s generally how the characters interact with one another, which, for me, isn’t fluid or real, hence my issues with the dialogue.

While I don’t doubt there are many gangs in NYC (and most big cities), especially during the 1980s, the lack of police and the school’s lack of protection for students was quite unbelievable, for me.  Stanton is the best prep school in all of NYC, with many extremely wealthy patrons, but it’s also in the worst part of town.  This is true for many great schools, and so I do not questions the reality here.  It is the gang violence that the school does nothing about that caused me pause.  Gangs hang out around Stanton and chase students down, sometimes killing them, and sometimes only orchestrating a huge fight in which they stomp on the Stanton students, right outside the school doors.  Where are the police?  Why aren’t school officials involved in protecting their students?  Why don’t they hold onto students who threaten others with guns and turn them over to the police, instead of letting them go?  For me, this was very strange.  While I know police and school officials can’t really stop gang violence, I do believe their presence around the school and the route to the subway would be beneficial in squelching much of the violence towards these minors trying to get an education.  Likewise, some of the circumstances surrounding death’s was questionable for me, so, overall, I was left questioning the validity of the school, the characters, and their situations as I read.

For me, the novel was also extremely long.  We follow David from the beginning of high senior year until the end, and truth be told, I found myself drifting off in certain sections that I felt didn’t add anything to the novel, such as David’s many discussions of his job.  I also never felt any kindred for the characters within the novel, which is another reason I, personally, didn’t enjoy it.  However, in looking at the reviews for this novel, it seems many did enjoy it, so I suggest potential readers look into the many reviews on Amazon and make their decision of whether or not to read it based on multiple reviews and not just mine alone.  We are all different, after all.  I, unfortunately, can only give this novel one star.1 star

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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