Strawberry Fields Forever by Richard Zimler tells the story of a 15-year-old girl, named Teresa, who moves from Lisbon to New York with her father, mother and young brother. The premise appears to be quite simple: a teenager, in a different country, with almost no one with whom to count on as well as her own problems.
Throughout the book, the main character’s personality, Teresa, goes through a massive development. She learns important lessons and becomes a stronger and more emotionally stable person. The same thing happens to her best friend, Angel, a Brazilian homosexual young boy dealing with depression. The author makes us think about family, friendship, death, despair, suicide, hope and many other things.
A small book that packs a punch. Strawberry Fields Forever reminds us that growing up it’s not easy. I recommend it to who likes to read about topics such as mental health and the LGBTQIA+ community.
I give it 4 out 5 stars.
Bye, keep on reading.