Rating: (3 / 5)
Becoming Clissine is the story of a heterosexual girl in a society that believes female-female and male-male relationships are God’s will. It is a strict environment and anyone who violates those laws is severely punished. It’s a table turner; what we are used to the current norm is turned upside down.
Clissa feels and hides much as a gay girl would not many years ago. She falls in love with a boy named Destral, but she is betrothed to marry a girl from an important family and the house rules are not breakable. And because she comes from a prominent family, she is to be ‘reeducated’.
Those are the facts.
Miss Vitsky develops a prose where we get sucked in that reeducation, and the age play it involves. We get to know the characters and feel them; how they feel of right and wrong.
you get punished because you have to learn between right and wrong. I get punished because I already know the difference, but still make mistakes
Punishment is brutal, and we understand Clissa’s need to please. But as the plot develops, I got the surly taste that somehow it is possible to reeducate someone into something or someone they are not. And I didn’t like it nor felt that truth.
“But everyone tells me I have to change who I am in order to be right with Basti”
Karielle nodded. “Exactly, darling. I’m so glad your Sunday lessons are beginning to take hold”
In the end, I feel this book sends the wrong message. Though nicely written and engaging I still got the sour taste that someone might get that with bigotry and a stifling society, you can reeducate someone into something they are not. And that not only makes me sad, but it turns my stomach upside down.
Either way, if you are willing to take this without the unhappy ending, it is a compelling read.Becoming Clissine Published October 20th 2013 by LazyDay Publishing