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Dyed Souls – Book Review


Title – Dyed Souls
Author – Gary Santorella 
Genre: YA/Adult Literary fiction, coming of age
Publication Date: 28th March 2018

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I came across this thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources. I actually read the synopsis to my husband who thought it sounded interesting and suggested I do it so here we are. 

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What it’s about

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Described by John Lloyd of The Bookbag as “Catcher in the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Dyed Souls is a gritty coming-of-age literary novel, set in a residential treatment center in 1980’s California.

Charlie Lyle loves science, natural history, and the world of the mind, and it is his refuge and salvation as he copes with his drug-addicted mother and a world of circumstances well-beyond his grasp. More a work of philosophy than psychology, “For the teen it has a galling coming-of-age, redemption quest. For the adult it has that, as well as a literary look at a singular fictional life.”


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Author Bio

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Gary Santorella, Owner, Interactive Consulting is a Lean implementation, organizational development, conflict resolution, and team-building specialist. He has a BA in Behavioural Psychology from Providence College, Providence, RI (1980), a Master’s Degree in Occupational Social Welfare from UC Berkeley (1990), and is a licensed cognitive-behavioural therapist in the State of California. His book: Lean Culture for the Construction Industry: Building Responsible & Committed Project Teams 2nd Edition was published by Productivity Press (a division of Taylor & Francis) in 2017. His first novel, Dyed Souls, was published by Matador Publishing in 2018.

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Dyed Souls has won two awards:

Silver in the 2018 Global eBook Awards – Young Adult Fiction Category

Chill With a Book Readers Award.

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What I thought

First off within the first couple of chapters I wasn’t sure it was for me. However, once I got a couple of chapters behind me I couldn’t put it down.

Charles is a young lad who is placed in a home because his mother doesn’t seem able to cope with him. Charles is a loner who seems to be a people pleaser which to me stems from his mother and her lack of parenting. I actually feel for Charles and his situation and I feel lucky that my parents are good. 

I enjoyed his relationship with Margo. From an outside perspective to the other characters they come across as an odd couple. Now opposites may attract but there was something they found in each other that was needed and I think that’s why they gravitated towards each other. He needed to feel loved and she needed to know what it was like to come from a loving family. 

Margo was someone who I didn’t expect. I was expecting someone who didn’t care about Charles and only wanted one thing but until a certain point, she was sweet.

I really the writing style of this book and how it showed you the dark side of being on the system and even running away from somewhere you find yourself with no other choice. Both mentally and physically. 

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Star Rating

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