I’ve Noticed

We used to joke around and laugh
Like we were such good friends
Talked about dumb things
And things that were intense
But I’ve noticed you have changed
When you kept avoiding my eyes
Should I have talked to you,
Or would that have been unwise?

You used to be quite frank
Used to communicate
I wonder, did I do
Something that you hate?
Because I’ve noticed you have changed
We don’t talk anymore
Should I have talked to you,
Or have you closed the door?

Weren’t we good friends?
At what point did that end?
I’ve been dealing with so much
Couldn’t see beyond the bend
Didn’t notice you have changed
Until somebody asked
I could have talked to you
But it was too much a task

You’re such a nice person
It must have been my mistake
But I can’t be chasing friendships
When I’m drowning in my lake
I’ve noticed you have changed
But I don’t blame you for a bit
You could have talked to me
But maybe I wasn’t worth it

 

Quick Review – Reflections

Reflections by Briana Morgan

35034255“Rama would trade almost anything for the chance to become someone else, even for a little while.”

In the small, rural town of Aldale, West Virginia, Ramachandra “Rama” Ganeshan wants nothing more than to avoid dressing rooms for the rest of her life. After a brutal assault destroys her confidence and self-esteem, she yearns to be someone else . . . someone pretty, popular, and loved—until multiple girls in town are found murdered.

After stumbling across her beautiful classmate’s body and a terrifyingly familiar face in the murderer, Rama encounters a group of shapeshifters who know more of the killings than they let on.

Only by earning the shapeshifters’ trust and becoming one of them will Rama be able to help serve justice.

But first, she must learn to love herself and confront her painful past—and find the courage to investigate the violence.

 

REVIEW: A decent read | ★★★☆☆

The struggles of young Ramachandra in dealing with trauma and her own self-esteem felt realistic especially for a teenager like her. I like that the intrigue of mystery and magic is added in as well, which makes the concept quite interesting. I wish though that the fantasy elements in this story were used more and explained more, further justifying its purpose. Overall, it is a decent read. I love the touches of Indian culture and the Additional Resources at the end regarding sexual assault.

Review originally posted on Amazon.