Darius & Twig is a light story about two high school students striving towards their dreams, despite being held back by multiple obstacles in their lives. Darius and Twig, both very talented at what they do, walk together through the pressures by their family, bullies at their school, and the different standards of the outside world. And through each obstacle Darius and Twig fly through, they come a little closer to understanding their purpose in a seemingly hopeless world.
Judging from this book alone, Walter Dean Myers is a brilliant author. His light but unfluffed wording was really surprising for such a deep book. Clear and straight to the point, the story was easily understood without taking away any emotion from it. The light language makes this book a quick, yet thought provoking, read.
Being a high school student on the verge of applying to college, I found this book very relatable. Of course I never had it hard, or faced most of the societal challenges Darius & Twig faced, but i could find the theme of purpose in my life as well. Ending your high school career and going off to college is considered one of the first steps into finding your role in the real world. And Darius’ journey in finding his purpose of life matches many other high school students.
Darius and Twig, a short but very good read. A great recommendation for getting a book project done quickly while enjoying it.
Book Review by Albert Tan