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Witty, satisfying and intelligent story about twenty-somethings coming of age. Highly recommended!
A long car ride flew by.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Repellent, tedious slog
While David LeDoux's narration brings all that could be brought to this book, his nuanced reading can't make these self-obsessed, sexually preoccupied, windbag characters more interesting. The cold, hopeless rants that comprise the bulk of the book made me feel sad to be a human being. Had I not been trapped with the book on a long car ride, I would have given up far sooner.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Absorbing and fun story for range of ages
This wonderful novel kept my 8, 11 and 14 year old daughters equally happy on a long road trip. The 14 year old identified with Gen's unhappy predicament and the logic of wanting to stay connected to her friends via texting; the younger two were completely caught up in the "prairie" experience, and enjoyed assuming the roles of Gavin and Gen for days after we listened to the book. The deft descriptions of pioneer life were fun and then often suddenly moving without seeming heavy-handed. Nora made a great villain. The book was neither too earnest nor too ironic, a subtle area that my children adore.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful