Vaclav & Lena

Finished Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner.  I received a copy of this from the publisher.

When he was 10, all Vaclav wanted in the world was to be a magician. He knew his best friend Lena would be his assistant, and he knew that they’d be together forever.  Except one day she vanishes and all his mother will say is that her home life wasn’t good and she’s gone to live with a new family. 

Seven years later, Vaclav is still practicing magic and has a girlfriend.  But he hasn’t forgotten Lena; he still says good night to her every night.  He’s not surprised when she reappears in his life, as if she had never left.

This was a hard book for me to get into.  I liked child-Vaclav and child-Lena but I much preferred their teenage incarnations.  The writing is very good, and the characters are genuinely delightful.  I especially loved Vaclav.  I think everyone needs at least one friend like him, someone who will always be on their side, no matter what, and someone who will take care of them, whatever that may require.

At its heart, you see, this is a love story.  There’s romance there, but more than that, it’s about loving someone so much that you do what’s best for them, even if that means disappearing or lying or doing something they don’t want you to do.

This book required a little bit of patience for me, but it was so worth it.

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