THE REALEST CHRISTMAS EVER - Keith Walker Thomas
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REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: This novella, The Realest Christmas Ever continues with the story of Donovan and Kyra Mitchell, protagonists of THE REALEST EVER. When the story begins, we find ourselves in Overbrook Meadows, that popular Texas town that has become the primary setting of many of Keith Thomas Walker’s works. However, the setting shifts quickly to Little Rock, Arkansas, where most of the action takes place. Little Rock is a very appropriate setting because it’s where Kyra is from and where her immediate family still lives. The Realest Christmas Ever is Kyra’s story.
While Kyra is Christmas shopping with her two children, she gets a distressing call from her brother in Little Rock concerning their sister, Jessica, who, because of a difficult birth delivery, is immediately placed in a medically induced coma. This is the springboard and the ‘real’ life scenario that draws Kyra and her family together in the waiting room of the hospital to await the outcome of this tragic event. As usual, Donovan is right by Kyra’s side to help her in any way that he can to get through this family misfortune.
The side characters are comprised of Kyra’s family, and with a couple of exceptions, they were all introduced in the novel, THE REALEST EVER. Also making an appearance at the hospital is Kyra’s mother, Deidra, drug addict, ex-con, and the cause of much consternation to the family. The one-on-one meeting with Kyra and her mother is real and raw. Once Jessica’s recovery is confirmed, there is an exhale moment, and Kyra and Donovan take advantage of the moment to display their love for each other very passionately.
There are two features of the novella that stand out: First, the author uses poetry to introduce some of the chapters. Secondly, the chapters have titles which foreshadow the content. Both of these features help to solidify the story. You can read this story as a stand-alone, but I don’t recommend it. If you want to fully understand the actions and motives of the characters, read THE REALEST EVER, then read The Realest Christmas Ever. Both are excellent stories written by a talented writer.
10th December 2015 | firstname.lastname@example.org