As soon as the review from michelenjeffreviews.com is up, I’ll post the link, but Michele from the aforesaid site sent me an email today with some lovely compliments. I’ve never been in such exalted company before–she mentioned Finding Zach in the same breath as The Kite Runner. I mean–whoa.
I’m very grateful that people are responding so well to the book. For every negative comment–mostly about the “unrealistic” way that Zach “recovers too quickly” (Hello, people, did you not read the book? The whole point is that he’s recovering slowly!)–I get a lot of positive comments about how much the characters connect with people. That was what I was trying to do; my characters are real, in the world inside my head, and I was trying to make them seem as real to others as they are to me. That, I think, is the key to a successful story–that the characters are real people, with flaws and foibles and things that make you want to smack them in the head. Just like you do your siblings.