Steadfast – Adem Besim

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“π‘»π’‰π’‚π’π’Œπ’” 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓 𝒇𝒐𝒓 π’‘π’“π’π’—π’Šπ’…π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒂 π’“π’†π’—π’Šπ’†π’˜ π’„π’π’‘π’š π’Šπ’ π’†π’™π’„π’‰π’‚π’π’ˆπ’† 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕 π’“π’†π’—π’Šπ’†π’˜.”

Let me start off by saying that Steadfast is one of the best Young Adult books I’ve read in a while now. It outlines the story of a Teen football prodigy, Nathan who is famous in his town. His father has big plans for him to become the next AFL player but Nathan has different plans. When two different ideologies clash, conflicts are bound to happen. Some bigger than the others.

Steadfast is a carefully paced book that delves deeper into the life of a teen who is struggling to meet the expectations and benchmarks set for him by his father. This book is exceptionally good and it captures the various struggles which shape the lives of teenagers. It skillfully narrates incidences of teenage angst and how it affects everyone.

I liked the storyline of the novel. It was a little different and there were some twists that kept the book interesting. The various themes that the author addressed in the book included bullying, teen pregnancy and familial relationships. The pace of the story was mediocre. It was neither too fast, nor too slow.

One of the many best parts of the book was that everything Adem described was in the brutal and proper light without anything lingering in the shadows. This is what a teenager will expect to read in order to relate to the characters. Adem has an agonizingly beautiful way to carve out his thoughts. I have to admit, during the finale, I shed a couple of tears and once I was done with the book, I just hugged it for a while and sat down staring into the abyss.

When I talk about the characters, all of them were well penned and had a close proximity to reality. It wasn’t difficult for me to relate to the characters and I found myself loving them with every passing second.

Over and all, this is a book that every teenager can relate to. I would hence, recommend it for all the teens.

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