The Train From The Atlantic

Young Adult - Coming of Age
178 Pages
Reviewed on 10/05/2023
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Reviewed by Demetria Head for Readers' Favorite

The Train from the Atlantic by Cezar-Adrian Șercan is a coming-of-age gem that follows the vibrant life of Alin, a Romanian-American high school student in Detroit. Filled with a passion for life, Alin navigates the exhilarating highs and challenging lows of adolescence. Along with his quirky friends Tzock, Bear, and Goat, and under the enchanting influence of Camelia, he embarks on a thrilling journey of self-discovery. Through encounters, experiences, and adventures that range from driving his first car to chasing trains and facing dangerous foes, Alin grows, evolves, and learns the profound lessons of youth, friendship, love, and the pursuit of selfhood. This is an unforgettable exploration of the transformative power of life's experiences and the journey to becoming one's true self.

Cezar-Adrian Șercan's storytelling is a triumph in its ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia and emotional connection. The richly developed array of characters, including Alin's friends, adds depth to the narrative and highlights the importance of friendship and the role it plays in shaping our identities. Camelia, the enigmatic love interest, adds an element of mystery and longing to the story, making Alin's journey of self-discovery all the more compelling. The narrative structure, divided into three parts, allows readers to witness Alin's growth and transformation over time. As he interacts with friends, family, and teachers, each encounter and experience becomes a stepping stone on his path to adulthood. This story captures the essence of youth, the thrill of exploration, and the profound impact of life's pivotal moments. The Train from the Atlantic is not just a coming-of-age tale - it is a celebration of life itself. Alin's adventures, from hopping onto trains to embarking on high-speed car chases, are a metaphor for the boundless energy and curiosity of youth. With its skillful prose and vivid descriptions, these experiences come alive, allowing readers to share in Alin's sense of wonder and excitement vicariously.