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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
When Does the Sorrow End by Victor Grant is the story of Pat Matley, a young man who chases after his dreams and hopes. In a beautiful combination of thriller and coming-of-age story, Pat leaves New York City behind to get away from the loneliness. Passionate about things that his friend Jack couldn’t understand, Pat was at a point that even he could not understand. So, he did what any intellectual would do: pack his bags and leave the city of light behind. Key Cone Island promises opportunities that New York City failed to offer, but Pat was ready to take the risk. Pat had no idea that leaving New York City would be the biggest adventure of his life where he would learn his weaknesses, his strengths, and his limits as a human being.
The writing style reminded me of Scott Fitzgerald and, particularly, Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. The novel is best suited for more mature and, dare I say, hard-core readers than your average young adults. Pat, our protagonist, is a poet who wants to find more opportunities to work on his art and do well as a poet. However, life is harsh, and he is aware of it, but it still surprises him. Dreams and aspirations of the future play a very important part in the story. You can tell that by the way Pat explains New York City, how his dreams evolved in this city, and how he failed to achieve all he wanted to. This is more like a literary fiction novel than anything else. The pace is perfect for the story, the chapters are long, and the development of the story is at a steady pace. The pieces of poetry in between chapters and paragraphs were almost lyrical. They follow the flow of the story, reflect what was going inside Pat’s mind, and give readers a sneak peek into Pat’s mind too. I loved how the ending was not decisive but hopeful, because Pat really needed some hope in his life more than anything.