Bifocal by Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters
I am a huge fan of Eric Walters, and when my friend said that this book was her favourite novel ever, I knew I just had to read it! (Check out her blog called Rafia Tasneem, you won’t be disappointed!)
I’ll admit, I was intrigued from the start, but a few chapters in I was kind of losing interest due to the constant talk about football! I find that since Walters is a Canadian author, he could have somehow incorporated a little bit of ice hockey instead! That would have kept me interested, but to each his own! Nevertheless, when all is said and done, the sport of football should not take away from the main message of this book, and it most definitely did not.
Overall, this book was interesting, although I was left with tons of questions when I finished the book. It was a quick read, as I finished it within two days. I would recommend that you guys read this book and then comment below what you thought of it. Also, let me know whether or not you were left with unanswered questions.
Aside from questioning a few components of this novel, I believe that the message of this book was clear. The message is that there are always two sides, or perspectives, to a story and one needs to hear out both sides before coming to a conclusion, hence the title of this novel. I felt as though the characters could have been further developed to add to the message, and the book would in fact benefit from being a few pages longer than it actually was to have more substance. However, the alternating perspectives of Jay, who is a high school football player, and Haroon, who is a member of the school's trivia team, definitely added to the storyline and made it more interesting.
I do believe that the content in this book is quite relevant to what is going on today in Western countries, such as racial profiling. This novel does shed light on this issue, which I appreciate. Overall, it was a decent book, for which I have mixed feelings about.