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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite
Adolescence is a complicated phase with many changes for young people to deal with. It is a stage where you have to focus on your studies, decide what you will do for a living, and start planning for the future. Kitsu's Diary: The Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Fifteen tells the story of Kitsu, a young woman who goes through many hardships because her love for Trevor clouds her judgment and she loses her sense of priorities. Despite her good intentions, she had to learn how to identify true love the hard way. Kitsu learns to know herself, accepts God despite all her difficulties, and finds the courage to rebuild her path. Desiri Okobia shows us that with true faith we can find meaning in our lives.
I appreciated the way Desiri Okobia conveyed her message. Sections in the book that look like diary notes make the story more vivid and personal so we can understand Kitsu's feelings. The story teaches many useful life lessons. It is easy to empathize with Kitsu because her mistakes could apply to anyone as she describes the turmoil encountered during her adolescence. Love is a very strong emotion at this stage of life and can lead to poor choices while, at the same time, teenagers want to have more freedom to grow as people. Not all the decisions made may be the right ones. The story in Kitsu's Diary might help many young adults find their way and will provide hope even in times of hardship.