I usually don’t have a taste for realistic fiction, but Finding Alicia managed to grab me pretty good.
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Most of the first chapter was especially good. The dialogue felt incredibly smooth and realistic and the writing was engaging and easy to understand. I felt completely rooted in the story. I could see, hear, smell, taste, and touch everything that was written. There were so many very real details that made up the characters and island. It was really fun and exciting to read something so visceral.
At the end of the first chapter and the second chapter, I felt some of what was grounding me in the story slip away. I still really enjoyed reading it, but I felt like the focus on the setting and characters kind of got dropped in the rush to start a plot, which I’m also looking forward to, anyway. I do hope that I see more of those vivid descriptions and characterizations though, because it was really great to read.
Right now, I feel like the Finding Alicia is still in its infancy, but I’m definitely going to keep reading and it’s totally worth the time to invest myself in it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially fans of slice of life type realistic fiction.