Maya's Notebook

Editorial reviews

Maya's Notebook

Despite the observations about the number of young people lost to street violence, crime and slavery, or because of them, the driving force of this novel is ultimately resilience – the power of love and acceptance to face down terrible things.

Maya's Notebook is lovely and readable, heartwrenching and smart, as one would expect from an Allende novel.

"Maya's Notebook" exerts a raw and genuine power.

This heroine blooms, but despite all the dirt Allende piles around her, Maya feels like an artificial flower.

There’s a lot to like here, starting with Maya. She reminds us of the central role that luck or lack of it can play in our lives. And her slow return to a more sure-footed existence shows us that sometimes, we can triumph anyway.