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Posted July 2, 2013
Dark, Thought provoking
Did you ever wonder what happened to the kids you went to school with? Were you part of the “in crowd,” a leader, a follower, or maybe you were the outcast, the one that others saw as fodder for cruelty for any number of reasons. No matter where you stood in the social pecking order, our youth and our actions, reactions or lack of action, affects our adulthood, if we try to bury it. Sadie is now a troubled adult, rightfully depressed by a recent miscarriage, but her problems go much deeper, and as her past resurfaces, memories and guilt of a long ago summer come back to haunt her as she continues to make self-destructive choices.
The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown is a dark, psychological mystery that spans three time periods, each involving Sadie, each leaving a mark on her emotionally and mentally. Current Sadie’s “perfect” façade is crumbling. Like a raw onion, the layers of her life and the events of her past are painfully peeled back. Karen Brown has re-created the 70s with vivid detail, like climbing into a time capsule and going back. Her characters are not always likeable, but as the timelines converge, they do become understandable, making this an intriguingly thought-provoking, often disturbing read!
An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Atria Books in exchange for my honest review.
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Posted July 15, 2013
What can I say about this book? It was brilliant in its subtleti
What can I say about this book? It was brilliant in its subtleties, but a little clumsy in its presentation. I thoroughly appreciated the way Ms. Brown unwrapped the characters by unwrapping their relationships, but the back and forth between time periods, between characters, and between events made it difficult to follow at times. I found myself going back a few times to figure out which girl/woman/man I was reading about.
Ms. Brown masterfully SHOWED us reasons for characters' behavior without TELLING us - she leaves it up to the intelligence of the reader to put the puzzle pieces together.
Yes, I'd recommend this, but I would suggest setting aside time to sit and read this without too many distractions.
This book was given to me for the purpose of this review.
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