My Melancholic Diary — Iva Kenaz
My Melancholic Diary is a charming story that vividly threads together a young girl’s relationship with her father, her school crush, and a character from her favorite book. Fourteen-year-old Lisa, is shy, insecure, and struggling to forgive her father, a painter who is mercurial, obsessive, and borderline narcissistic, for his erratic behaviors and four-year absence from her life after his divorce from her mother.
Much like myself at her age, Lisa is a devoted reader and hopeless romantic. She is especially fixated on a medieval story about a guard named Tertius who falls in love with a princess destined to wed someone else. At the same time, Lisa has a hard time putting a name to the feelings she begins to feel for her classmate Elijah, a former nemesis that has begun to show interest in her.
In the midst of trying maneuver her way through these very real relationships, Tertius shows up in her room one day as sad and lost in love as she is since his princess sailed away with another. The two romantics form a friendship and try to help one another with their relationship problems.
There’s so much more to this story, but I don’t want to give anything away. Just know that I thoroughly fell in love with both the fanciful and real elements that were woven so expertly together. The young girl in me connected with Lisa, as I recalled my insecure, bookish tendencies. And although I have no idea what it’s like to have a neurotic, obsessive painter for a father, he was my favorite character, uttering my favorite quote of the entire book: “Never stand under the chandeliers, girls! One never knows when they fall. Let it fall on the degenerates not you.” All of Kenaz’s characters were well-developed, but the father stood out to me as this vivid, very flawed man. And yet, as the story wore on and the father-daughter relationship developed, it was evident how much he truly loved his daughter.
Delightfully quirky and at times poignant, My Melancholic Diary was a true pleasure. It can be found on Amazon in Kindle format for $2.99. Also, Kenaz has proven herself to be a versatile writer, so don’t miss our review of her debut novel, The Witch Within, a historical fiction fantasy novel.
THE GIRL BEHIND THE BOOK Iva Kenaz was born in 1984 in Prague, the Czech Republic. Writing has been her greatest passion since childhood and is significantly influenced by esotericism, spirituality and her homeland. She studied Screenwriting at the Film Academy in Prague and Creative Writing at London South Bank University. She published two novels, The Witch Within and My Melancholic Diary, and has been currently working on her third book, The Goddess Within.
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