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This is one of those YA novels that transcends its genre. Magical Realism with sympathetic characters and a bit of mystery. Tones of Virgin Suicides. Don't hesitate to read this lovely story!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
McLemore's prose is brilliant, and it's just the kind of abstract writing that I absolutely love to read. That being said, in my opinion she manages to take her talent for poetic wordplay and pile it on so thick and so often, it becomes redundant and weighs down the story. It's like a 3-tiered chocolate cake with chocolate filling and chocolate icing and sprinkles on top -- heavenly for the first bite but quickly overwhelming. I love her writing, but I just got so bored listening to paragraph after paragraph describing the redness of the Bonner girls' hair that I found myself desperate for something tangible to happen.
In the end, I couldn't wait to be finished with it. It has a lovely cadence, though, and I like to put it on when I'm having trouble falling asleep.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The narrators did a good job. The writing is beautiful and lyrical, but it's a book that probably needs you to take the time to dissect the metaphors, which is fine when reading but not a style I enjoyed listening to personally.
This book has heavy themes of identity and gender. I can't speak for the representation of this. I think some of this is somewhat own voices and others parts are not. I'm not sure. this is a book where own voices reveiwers would be valuable.
I thought the story was long winded and focused more on whimsy than plot. If I had liked the characters more I may have enjoyed the book as a whole better, but the fairy tale tone to the book set a distance between me and the story/characters.