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“You can call me Emma.” It is the debut of emerging author Matilda Valasca, a very young Romanian writer, born in 2004. The book was published in February 2022 by Giulio Peroni Editor Publishing House, and the book immediately became a huge hit, especially among young people. At the moment, the greatest demand comes from schools, where it is especially appreciated in the age group of 16-18 years. In general, the results obtained in these few months exceeded expectations. ” This is the comment of Antonio Ceseri, Giulio Perrone Edtour’s Commercial Director. The capital-based publishing house decided to focus on Matilda Valasca, believing her novel had enormous potential, and that confidence seems to have paid off for now.
“You can call me Emma.” It is the story of a girl in her last year of high school. Margarita is eighteen years old like many others. He attends Saffo High School in Rome and, like many of his peers, lives through the uncertainty of a teenager about to become part of the adult world, an entirely new reality that raises fears and confusion. Margaret’s insecurity about her future only increases her loneliness, which she feels more and more urgently, and hints at with a thousand doubts. Frequency and second thoughts are formed by the constant exchange of words between the protagonist and I do not know who Who, like an inseparable companion, does not let her go. Then suddenly, something changes in her life when the girl, on the advice of a professor, begins an anonymous correspondence with a mysterious boy. In those letters, Margarita (Emma) seems to find a part of herself, someone who understands her and finally removes the specter of loneliness from her.
In her book Matilda Valasca, despite her young age, offers a wonderful test of skill and maturity in writing. There is a clear awareness in the choice of words, paired with a sublime, catchy, semi-poetic style, which manages to express the protagonist’s feelings, feelings and thoughts incredibly effectively. “You can call me Emma.” It is a love story, however, that does not present itself as a frivolous fairy tale of a teenager, but is above all a story of life and growth, which despite this veil of romantic atmosphere offers all the hallmarks of real and profound life. It is the thoughts of a young girl. This analysis is not done superficially but through a wonderful introspection that often allows oneself to go into meditations that express a certain view of the world, without weighing down the narrative. Despite the density of the content, in fact, the reading remains very light and smooth. The real strength that distinguishes this book is, however, the extraordinary ability to excite the reader’s acquaintance, especially if the latter belongs to a young audience. In this case, it is easy to find oneself in the everyday life of the characters and get acquainted with his experience. It seems that Emma and Teo (the alter-ego of the two protagonists) were made for each other and the exchange of letters between the two is meticulously constructed. The references to Emma’s feelings in Teo’s words are very noticeable, as if she were one person, one soul. The young reader becomes fond of the story and the characters and makes them a part of his own reality and so, Teo is that friend we all love, who knows how to amaze, who knows how to love and who knows how to read to us like an open book. Emma, on the other hand, is a mirror of our insecurities and vulnerabilities but also reflects our passion and determination to find our place in the world. In dissecting the character of the hero, delving deeply into its most intimate states of mind, we are also somehow led to read from the inside and find a part of us in those pages, in those words that highlight dreams, fears, dreams and emotions that we often don’t even know how We give a name. This is the great power of “You can call me Emma.”It teaches us to look at reality with different eyes, to change our point of view, to pay attention to details that are not usually noticed and, above all, to emphasize our innerness, our sensitivity, without treating it with shame, but on the contrary, making it the instrument of our success, the element of our pride, What makes us unique.
“You can call me Emma.” It’s a book about guys, written by a girl for other guys like her, so I feel like I’d recommend it first for them. It is not clear that another person can describe how we feel well, give a name to that emptiness we feel inside or highlight that I do not know who who follows us every step of the way. Oftentimes, books are the best allies in helping us understand ourselves better, and Matilda Valasca’s book is undoubtedly a valid example. It is a testament to be read with an open heart, ready to welcome the beauty it offers, and indeed, precisely because of its great ability to tell in an extraordinary way a world that is difficult to understand if you do not live it from the inside. , perhaps a book that has the potential to reach, regardless of age, anyone who wants to try to understand what it means to be eighteen in today’s world. “You can call me Emma.” It’s a book that has a lot to say about youth, and what it means to grow, live, and love; Because after all, Margarita, Emma, is a girl who grows up, lives and loves no differently than we do.