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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Leaving Major Tela by J.E. O'Rourke is essentially a coming of age story about a young teenager and the relationships in her life. Caitlyn is a young teenager living with her younger brother and sister with their single parent mother, Tela. Tela originally comes from a remote area in the mountain region of Pakistan and Afghanistan. She came to the U.S. as a child and now serves in the United States Army. Tela is a tough woman and has always encouraged strength and discipline in her children in school and through martial arts. The story begins with Tela being deployed to Afghanistan on duty. She leaves the younger children under Caitlin’s charge as they go and live with their divorced father in a different town while their mother is gone. During this process, we learn about the underlying tension and sometimes resentment between mother and daughter over past events. The story that unfolds as Caitlin struggles with growing up and with the relationships in her life, along with trying to fit in with her new group of friends and maintaining her karate training, forms the crux of the plot.
Leaving Major Tela by J.E. O'Rourke is an interesting and engaging novel about the struggles of growing up that every teenager can identify with. The cast of characters is relatable and realistic, and Caitlin’s journey as she heads towards maturity and growth is nicely portrayed. I also really liked the element of martial arts training that is interspersed throughout the book and I hope that it encourages more young people to take up martial arts. Overall, this is an enjoyable read not just for teenagers, but for everybody.