This book was given to me by a friend, and I was eager to read it because of all the wonderful things I have heard about it. Bloor writes the protagonist, Paul Fisher, as a living paradox because Paul is blind, yet he notices things that other adults and children don’t. Tangerine opens with Paul and his mother leaving Houston to move to Tangerine County, Florida where the rest of the Fishers (Paul’s father and brother) have already moved in. As the story progresses, certain things happen that make Paul remember how he lost his sight. These flashbacks reveal more about the people around him and nudge the reader towards a solution.
Erik, the older brother, and Paul are a perfect example of sibling rivalry as they are drawn farther apart from each other when Erik’s true nature starts to spill from the cracks in his reputation. They never get along in Tangerine because of Erik's weird habits and strange dislike for his younger brother. That's all fine with Paul though because he'd rather hang out with his friends anyway.
Thanks to the clues in the book, it is revealed how Paul lost his sight. Bloor makes it clear that it was never about figuring anything out because there was never anything new. The answer to Paul Fisher’s loss was always there he just had to remember. It was the difference in believing what he knew to be true or what everyone else told him.
My favorite part of the story were the Ospreys.
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