Classified by ilana diallo
Classified, second book in the Victoria Thornton saga, continues to follow Victoria and her quest to find out the truth behind her father's mysterious death. Victoria must try and balance the stresses of her father's passing, her mother's hospitalization, her housekeeper's assault, and a budding romance all at the same time, leading to the beginnings of growth for her character.
The story explores different sides of Victoria through her relationships with her love interest, Rafael, her mother, and her housekeeper Lena. With Rafael, Victoria is at her most emotionally open and vulnerable due to the bond these two characters share. Victoria's colder and independent side can be seen through her interactions with her mother, and her loving and compassionate side can be seen by the woman who actually raised her, her housekeeper.
The author takes their time in the story to observe and describe the small things people do in each day that makes up their lives. Because of this, the story is very slice of life, a subgenre of drama that highlights the beauty in the mundane. Events as small as buying someone a gift are shown on the same level as extreme events such as a murder in one's own house.
By having the story presented in a third person omniscient point of view, the author is able to show the reader all sides of the story as it unravels in front of them. This allows the reader to keep up with the author without feeling too lost or confused with the narrative.
Classified fits well in the younger end of young adult literature due to its straightforward plot delivery and its focus on the main character discovering her independence. Young fans of mystery novellas will find enjoyment in this story, and they will find Victoria's struggle with living up to her father's legacy and expectations a relatable experience.
New readers to the Thornton saga can start the series at this point and follow along fairly well, but with a third installment on the way, now is the time to catch up on all of the events in Victoria's life so far.