By Maggie Deese
There’s something special about young love. Evergreen Something is beautifully written and has so much imagery that it’s almost like watching a movie.
I was drawn in from the start with this story. I think there’s a lot to be said about Evergreen Something. It’s able to draw us in with all five senses without being stale or too wordy. The way Deese instantly transfers us from an older woman perusing the shelves of Dillard’s, to a twelve-year-old standing in the rain is special. I literally see the words and image melt from the store to a rainy Autumn afternoon. I can literally hear the rain, and feel the puddles splashing as Mary runs through the alley.
I want to talk about the structure of this story. Yes, the imagery is amazing and everything a short story should have. But, it’s setup in this three-act structure. At first we’re in the present, then we’re melted into this memory of hope and love, and then brought back in a sense of urgency and fear and stress. This shift in time is what makes this story so great. The way Deese transfers us through time is flawless and really adds an entirely different element to the story. If these transitions weren’t done so well, I don’t think the story would hold together so strongly.
The story itself is cute and adorable and has you rooting for the Mary and Callum to find each other again the entire time. Who doesn’t love a story about young love and friendship? I mean, from the moment Mary and Callum meet, it’s almost like they’re destined to be best friends forever! And from the moment you know what “evergreen something” actually means and represents, your heart can’t help but melt a little bit. Deese captures the love and simplicity of childhood.
Childhood romance, suspense, hope, friendship, heart-break, regret, and cinema-like imagery all rolled up into one, I would give Evergreen Something a 5 out of 5 star review. I don’t put that lightly. For being a short story, there’s a lot to it. For most authors, everything that’s going on would easily turn into a blurred mess that’s just a bunch of time-hopping. But, Deese is careful with the placement of her words so that they read off the page gently. There’s a lot of room to expand in Evergreen Something, and when it comes out as a complete novel, I’ll certainly be the first to review it.
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