by Aida McKenzie
Reviewed by: Marquist
In the beginning of the book, Ana’s Magic, written by Aida McKenzie, Anastacia (Ana) Wright returns to Miami, Florida after moving to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer. But, life in Miami isn't exactly the way it used to be and Ana quickly realizes her life will never be the same after hearing some unexpected news from her mother. Ana is forced to make several difficult decisions that she never thought she would face. One of those decisions causes the close bond to her family to be sacrificed.
After a few shaky experiences and losing everything she has, Ana enrolls in fashion school, finds an apartment, and eventually meets a guy named Magic who treats her like a queen. Magic is able to help Ana maintain the lifestyle she is accustomed to living. With the help of her best friend Tiffany, Ana enters a fashion competition which turns out to be a golden opportunity. Ana goes through many trials and tribulations throughout this book including death, heartache, and misfortune.
Sadly, this book falls short of expectations in my opinion. Everything about the book, from the characters’ dialogue to their personalities to the situations was very superficial to me. The relationship Ana had with her mother is not very well developed and neither are her friendships. The book may have had some potential if the author would have put more thought into it. Overall, I think the entire book is one big redundant storyline and needs more substance to it.
The one positive thing about the book is Ana’s motivation. She is determined to become a fashion designer by any means necessary and she never let anything get in the way of her dream. If that is the main point the author is trying to portray, it came across loud and clear. Other than that, I did not connect with any of the characters as none of them came alive to me. Although Ana is portrayed as a “go getter” with a clear sense of direction of who she wants to be, her character could have been developed better.
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