On Wednesday evening, I attended an author reading at Ross King Memorial Library in Mount Pearl. Lori Weber is a YA novelist from Montreal Quebec and she was in town to promote her latest novel If You Live Like Me, a story set in St. John’s Newfoundland. The protagonist, Cheryl, is sixteen and in the throes of yet another upheaval when her anthropologist father announces they must move house once again, this time to the city of St. John’s Newfoundland. The story details her struggle to fit in and make friends at a time when life is already fraught with insecurity. She eventually meets a neighbour, a boy named Jim, who becomes a close friend and confidant. Together they help each other find their way across the rocky terrain of adolescence. The story is a timeless portrait of young love and Lori Weber has done an exceptional job of translating the inner emotional language of teens and I recommend the book to anyone who is a fan of the YA genre or who lives with a teen with a appetite for reading. This novel is a much welcome alternative to the vampire novels crowding the shelves of nearly every book store and the fact that it’s set in this country and city makes it even more intriguing and unique.
Lori Weber is a poet as well as the author of five other books in addition to If You Live Like Me and her writing is award winning. She is also a teacher and speaks with the ease of a seasoned educator, and while listening to her read a passage from her book, the passion she feels for the story is palpable. It is this love for her characters that draws the reader in, thus making them an active participant emotionally, rather than a passive observer as the details of the plot unfold.
Below I have a photo of Lori holding her book as well as the table display of her other novels. Please visit her web site and if you are interested in purchasing one of her many wonderful stories, you will be supporting a fantastic writer and a gem of a lady who has many more stories to write and share with us in the future.