Book: The House Of Six Doors
Author: Patrcia Selbert
Release date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Publishing By The Seas
Mama takes thirteen-year-old Serena and her sister to the US in search of fortune, leaving behind their multicultural family, stability, and the colors of the Caribbean. After driving from Miami to Hollywood, their money and luck run out and a 1963 Ford Galaxie becomes their first American home. Guided by the memory of her native Curaçao and the words of her wise grandmother, Serena confronts unimagined challenges and grows up quickly. What gifts will this new country bring, and at what price?
The House Of Six Doors is a wonderful story about coming of age in an unknown country. Patricia Selbert managed to incorporate all the insecurities and fears of every teenager but also of someone new to the US and the sense of wonder that they feel.
Serena has no clue what to expect when she arrives in the US with her mother and her sister, Hendrika. All she really knows is that life is going to be different, hopefully better. Things aren’t as easy as expected though and life is difficult. School, family, friends, and first love all throw curveballs Serena’s way and she must learn to face the difficulties head on and learn to stand on her own two feet.
One of the most unique aspects of The House Of Six Doors is the time length it covers. It’s not just months, it’s years. You see Serena as a young teenager at the beginning but by the end she is a young woman. I liked seeing exactly how she changed over the years and how each event shaped who she became.
The plot was good but a bit slow at times. There was a lot going on in the book but some things just seemed to drag. I felt like I would have been okay with a bit less detail at times.
Overall, The House Of Six Doors is a great book. There is some sexual content though so I would recommend this one for older teens. Otherwise I think it’s a wonderful story that I think everyone can relate to.
First line: Mama’s hand fluttered like flags in the island’s trade winds, as they always did when she was nervous.