Sometimes you must create your own light, granted it’s easier said than done. ´´Fake Moon´´ (2011) is an admirable story, written by Laura Limey, of a young boy finding his way in life, despite his childhood in a dysfunctional family.

Limey manages to create a convincing example of how resilience has a way of its own, by expertly employing symbolism and an honest portrayal of a flawed mother/son-relationship.

It all adds up to a gloomy, yet inspiring story of a boy finding his own path; even in the dark. Although… the welcoming new path, may even actually be an escape.

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In the beginning of the story we are introduced to the phenomenon fake moon: ´´Once, not so long ago, she told me insects were attracted to the light because they navigate using the moon.

The street lamps were their ´´fake moons´´, she said´´. The protagonist himself finds his fake moon, but what that is, is arguable.

One would might argue that the girl is his fake moon, seeing how she is the source to the recognition he craves. However as much as this may be true, he himself is his own fake moon as well.

He is resilient by nature and thus manages to create his own light, so to speak. For instance, he knows that he is not good with numbers or words, therefore he focuses and trusts his skills in art.

This is just one of the signs of his resilience, some people would tend to concentrate on the things that they aren’t able to accomplish, but he does not let this bring him down at all.

All in all, the ending seems uplifting; the boy finally finds his way - even in the dark. However, what’s interesting though, is the fact that it’s a fake moon, this could be interpreted as if his path is false, at least being a less enriching one in terms of facing your problems.

He follows false signs, a wrong guide – as described in the last passage: ´´And not matter if the signs are false.

No matter if the guide is wrong. I´ll choose my own route, find my own path; even in the dark´´. This is a sign of his resilience and determination, which is positive.

Nevertheless, wouldn’t it be more desirable pursuing the real moon, rather than a fake? His fake moon is his escape from the ruthless reality and he does not confront his problems and if that’s the case… is he even able to evolve?

Overall, the story revolves around a very important issue; dysfunctional relations and how to overcome these, and as result of the authors use of symbolism and a realistic portray of a flawed mother/son-relationship, this is strikingly demonstrated.

Yet, seeing how the narrator escapes his problems the story also sheds light on one of the most primitive human behaviours

being the defence mechanism, in which people unknowingly distances themselves from a full awareness of unpleasant feelings, situations etc.