Love in Pandemonium

Fiction - Literary
375 Pages
Reviewed on 12/06/2023
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Author Biography

I wish I could say that my inspiration for having the book written emanated from something joyful. Unfortunately, it did not as it came out of grief.

I lost my dad in 2020 to the cold hands of Covid 19. He was my rock and a fierce supporter of my story-telling ability. He would always make me write him stories and have them read to him. I enjoyed doing this and this added to the close affinity we both shared. However, while he was still with us, I did not heed his advice to pursue a career in literature. Partly because of youthful exuberance, and the other half, due to my desire to choose a different career path.

Well, everything changed when my brother informed me on a cold, saturnine morning that Daddy had departed this world. Something in me died and something else replaced what died in me. Consequently, I picked up my laptop and allowed my emotions to flow. The book is a silent tribute to Papa. I dedicated the book to my lovely wife and his grandson who was born 2 months after he was gone. I named my son after my dad as I see my dad through him.

I still have a different profession as I bank for a living; However, I intend to explore this new side of me in the foreseeable future.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite

Mr. Chima Aghanya’s Love in Pandemonium follows the journey of several characters as they face their uncertain futures. In high school, Meskapon had a crush on Amaka. He makes a deal with Nnamdi to get close to Amaka and help him get a date. Nnamdi agrees to a price, and Meskapon agrees. Nnamdi uses Nkechi and Njideka to help him get close to Amaka. Their interactions make Nnamdi decide to keep Amaka to himself instead of helping Meskapon. Meanwhile, Meskapon struggles with learning that his mother was severely injured in a car wreck. His father’s past treatment of his mother makes him resent his father’s attempts to speak to him. Nkechi, jealous of Amaka’s popularity, falls for a producer’s offer of free studio time to record her songs. However, she learns there is a price for her decision to trust a stranger. The parents, school staff, and nation's leaders influence the lives of the students.

Mr. Chima Aghanya involves many protagonists whose paths intersect. The character development is vivid and displays the inner thoughts of each character. For example, Nnamdi exhibits confidence and street hustle ability which he uses for money and supplemental provisions in school. His father never visits him, but attending PTA meetings for free refreshments makes him appear less privileged. The plot is unpredictable and intriguing. The adults who influence the students add depth and understanding of their motivations as they mature into adults. A consistent theme of how people view others is reinforced in each person. There are some surprising endings for each student in the book. Love in Pandemonium will appeal to readers who enjoy realistic characters with their failures and successes in life choices.