Book: Bifocal

Author: Deborah Ellis & Eric Walters

Rating: 4/5

Bifocal-Eric Walters

Bifocal is a very engrossing book. I turned every page eager to find out what would happen next. Bifocal is written from the perspective of Jay, a white football player, and Haroon, who is a Middle Eastern student. Haroon is much like many other students. He’s smart, quiet, and on the “Reach for the Top Team.” But everyone looks past his similarities the day that the school is raided by police in search for a home grown terrorist. Police barge into his classroom and arrest him as well as another student. Jay however see’s this from a completely different view. All he sees are two Middle Eastern students being taken off by the police as his seemingly racist football team members commentate the whole thing. What follows is a sea of questions, hate, and prejudice. As all the school feels that they are no longer safe and blame it all on the Middle Eastern students off the school. Bifocal is a very well written book. It shows that ignorance and racism, is still very alive in our country. That people just like you and me are under attack by fellow citizens just because the colour of their skin or the religion they follow. Bifocal is a fictional book with an all-too-real story.

Social/Historical context:

Bifocal was written in 2007 but the premise of the story seems to apply now more than ever. The idea of home-grown terrorism has become all too familiar in Canada and the USA. With the rise of ISIS propaganda, home-grown terrorists have become much more common. But this can also lead to false accusation, like in bifocal.

Writing Style:

The writing style was first person narrative and is told by the point of views of both Jay and Haroon. It switches between the two of them as there two points of view eventually interfere throughout the book. It really developed the characters and gives you an understanding of who these characters are.

My Thoughts:

Over all I thought it was a very good book, but not one I will remember a few years. It is meant to leave a lasting impact but it is quite deep enough. But this does not mean I don’t recommend reading it. It is not quite a five star book, but it is still very good. It’s worth reading and it really opens up your mind about racism in the world today.

Book Reviewed By Quinn Poseley

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