Thursday, February 4, 2010
Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma
In noir movies, there’s always some kind of mystery. A bunch of people lie, and you have no idea who is telling the truth. The bad guy isn’t always who you think he is.
If Shanosha, New York were a noir movie, thirteen-year-old Dani would’ve walked out by now. Shanosha’s not a gritty city shot in black-and-white with suspense lurking around every corner; it’s just a sleepy mountain town with one pizza place and one supermarket, where nothing exciting ever happens.
But just like a good movie, drama has turned up at an unexpected moment. Someone has been telling lies, lies that will hurt someone Dani loves.
Dani has experience with liars; her cheater of a father just wrecked her mom’s life with his lies. Dani refuses to stand by and watch another heart get broken, so like a private eye in a noir film she is going to get to the bottom of it—before it’s too late.
This is the story of one girl’s struggle to understand life, love, and friendship through the lens of film noir. Don’t worry, Dani doesn’t mind if you don’t know much about her favorite genre; she is more than happy to give you an education!
Review by Eva Mays, CLP – Allegheny