A celebration of the dead, an overly opulent cruise, interfering relatives, and a vaporous pirate who appears at will. What do they all have in common? Fifteen-year-old Michael Upton, a self professed murderer. The victim, his own father.
Morbid curiosity forced Michael to see himself for what he was—a civilized de-human who surrounded himself in a relentlessly dense darkness. A place where forgiveness is too easily given but rarely fulfilled.
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R. Field easily navigates through the emotions of an adolescent male during the grieving process following death. This book would be helpful for pre-teens and teenagers to read to understand how they might deal with their emotions following the death of a loved one. The author does a good job writing from the perspective of the young male lead. Humorous moments interwoven throughout help make this story easy to read and the end is unexpected.
I found Portal to be a significant teachable novel to help 12-17-year-olds deal with death and dying. Author, R. Field—through Michael, the main character—imaginatively disperses the stages of grief quite naturally throughout the novel. R. Field’s well placed uses of humor and streams of consciousness effectively lighten the mood of an otherwise intense topic.