There is a not so subtle comparison between Elisa and Cyranno de Bergerac, the play that Elisa’s class is studying in her English class. It is perhaps a bit too obvious, but it does work for the story and gives further insight into Elisa’s plight than would have been otherwise possible - not only for the reader, but for Elisa as well. As Elisa becomes more aware of herself and her own needs she is also able to reevaluate how she sees other people. Her mother and sister from whom she’s always felt estranged become more familiar and less distant. Her beloved father who is often absent on business is also able to reconnect with the family.
This book is pure poetry. Not actual poetry, although there is a lot of poetry included in the pages. More like prose that reads like poetry. It is lyrical and beautiful writing. A quiet novel that doesn’t strike me as something that will have extremely wide appeal, but that will have a deep and striking impact on those that pick it up. Elisa’s character develops gently from a girl who is quite reserved to someone who is willing to be noticed and knows that she deserves to be as well.