“Aimee and the Bear” by Toby Stone is, to say the least, heart wrenching. It’s…difficult to explain, but the story in it’s entirety is very much like what Alice in Wonderland would have been had Stephen King written it while on a very bad acid trip. I know, it doesn’t sound promising, but the book was good… it was just very dark, very trippy, and absolutely depressing. At times it was difficult to understand where the story was going, but it’s very easy to relate the child’s imaginings to what must surely be happening in her real world if you take the time to analyze it. The book is not a light read. It is a good read, but it is certainly nothing which will make you feel warm and happy and safe. You fall into a child’s delusional mind. A child who you know from the story has been abused in numerous ways by her ‘witch’ of a mother. She creates a fantasy world in which to shelter herself until her brother, too, begins to be abused in unimaginable ways. I won’t give away the ending. Despite the way my review seems to flip flop a bit, I did enjoy it. I couldn’t put the book down. I just wish there could have been something better for poor Amy. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dark tales wrought with hardship, who enjoys books with twists and turns, or who might like a peek inside of a mind that is surely insane. I do not recommend this book to anyone who is easily disgusted, easily frightened, or who is unable to read books with child abuse triggers in them. Definitely not suitable for children under the age of eighteen.
*This review was written by Chelsea*