It’s April’s Book Club review! I want to give a shout-out to my cousin for recommending this book for my book club. (Waving at you, N!) It was Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club pick of September 2018 and Reese is now producing the movie! This is the second book we’ve read in the club with plans of movies in the future.
(Like always, if you didn’t catch my previous post about how my virtual book club works, please click here, and then come back!)
First and foremost, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens at times made me want to pack up my stuff and move to a cabin by the sea. I had a longing to experience life unobstructed and uncomplicated. I wouldn’t be surprised if most readers felt a tug to escape after reading about Kya, a.k.a The Marsh Girl, and her rather unique life.
It took a bit to get going with the story. The first 50 pages rambled a bit. The author tried too hard to set the geographical scene, although, after the first couple of pages you get the picture. I understand she did this because the marsh and nature plays such a big part in the book. Think “girl raised by wolves” except replace the wolves with Blue Herons.
I found myself somewhat jealous at the independence of Kya, although I knew she never really had a choice in the matter. It was live or let die in her situation. It’s funny that her only slip ups in this book were because of men. They appear, they harm, they leave. Come on guys! :P I also find it annoying that although this girl seems to have grown up with literally no money in a shack in the middle of a marsh, she still ends up attracting all these men who find her incredibly beautiful…Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like if I grew up in the wild and hadn’t combed my hair and/or brushed my teeth in years, I would not be the vision of beauty to most guys.
Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Again, it was bogged down by description and I probably could’ve finished this a lot faster had the author not taken up so many pages with them, but I would still recommend this book to readers.
As always- I would love to hear your thoughts about this book if you’ve read it before. If you plan on it, come back and share with me your feelings afterwards.
I can’t wait to share with you my thoughts on May’s book choice: The Girl with All The Gifts