Wally Wander

Fiction - Drama
214 Pages
Reviewed on 06/27/2013
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

A tale inhabited by a dysfunctional protagonist, or is she? Her brother and the social workers think so. On the other hand, Wally thinks people just don’t want to understand her, except for her favorite nephew Nigel. “You've got to understand about Wally...” The first sentence instantly grabbed my interest like a moth to a flame; of course, without the peril aspect. To others, Wally is good at deceiving people and has her own dangerous record, such as pulling out an old lady’s oxygen tube – which she didn't. Only Nigel, Wally’s favorite nephew, cares enough to investigate and prove his aunt’s innocence. Wally’s life is an eventful one – born to a mother that talks to a fridge, a father that she never knew and the tragic fate of her beloved pet chicken. To me, Wally is a survivor. She moves on with her life despite the obstacles better than anyone else. Author NovaMelia amazingly delivers a thought-provoking and unique story about eccentric personalities in "Wally Wander". Some ethical dilemmas in this story are things that would haunt readers’ minds for long.

Is it dangerous to be her friend? After reading the novel, my answer would be no. Her quirks are not her flaws but her strengths. It keeps her alive among people who tries too hard to define normalcy. There is a lot we can learn from Wally and her ‘space bubble’. To quote Wally herself, “I have my own place, you see.” She really does.

Jean Brickell

Wally's home is a little different, maybe because Wally is a little different. Things sort of happen to Wally. She didn't mean to cause the accident that put an end to little baby Oliver; she was trying to be so careful. Again,she only wanted to protect the little hen that didn't lay eggs and so thought it would be safe in her bed, under the covers. She didn't count on the fleas getting everywhere in the house. And she was devastated when brother Norman chopped the bird's head off. Her mother was having problems and sent Wally and her brother to stay with Aunt Polly and she felt rejected.

All Wally's life things just didn't work out right all the time. She had trouble with working and driving to work. And Norman had the audacity to sell her car after too many accidents and insidents like calling the judge a Neanderthal. There we hear so many mysteries. For instance, her mother would never tell her who her father was. There was the mystery of who poor unfortunate Oliver's parents were. Everyone thought they should keep secrets from Wally. As her mother became ill, she claimed the refrigerator talked to her. In later years, Norman sent Wally to a nursing home where she was very unhappy and so she did her best to stir up things, and she was accused of even things she didn't do. Wally was a good old girl, just a little different. I liked Wally!