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A sometimes difficult, but always vivid and tender account, I was completely absorbed throughout. This is my favourite book of the year.
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This is a tough book. Not just because at 14 year old girl being sexually abused by her father, but because every emotion and thought is described in such raw and uncompromising prose.
You only view the world from the point of view of the girl, Julia (Turtle), so you spend the whole 15 hours in her head and this is an confusing and troubling place to be. I found the early parts of the book especially difficult. When it is just Julia and her dad (who only seems to use a handful of phrases, "Jesus Christ" is particularly grating) and I nearly gave up with it several times during this section.
The book does lift though, when other characters come into the story and there are some wonderful passages of prose describing the natural world. And, while I don't want to give away the ending, stick with it, you won't feel as though you wasted your time.
So, not for everyone, but if you can cope with some tough writing you will be rewarded with a gripping story that you will not forget.
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