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Posted February 9, 2014
Did I enjoy this book: No.
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Ok. That wasn’t nice. And I hate writing negative reviews. But I’m serious when I say I had to stand up to read this book because if I sat down, I’d nod off.
This book lacks emotion and creativity. The story is told from multiple perspectives but they all sound the same – flat. Some of the chapters are told from the perspective of talking butterflies which I didn’t quite understand. But even the butterflies are boring.
It’s not enough to simply tell your story. You have to write in a way that allows your readers to experience your story. Otherwise, it’s no more entertaining than reading a news story.
Would I recommend it: My grocery lists are more passionate than The Wanderers. No, I don’t recommend it.
Will I read it again: No.
As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Posted December 6, 2013
The Wanderers is an interesting story about an Amish boy's coming of age and journey of self-discovery, finding love and faith, that is entwined with the journey of two Monarch Butterflies that were born on his family's Amish farm.
Johnny was born into an Amish farming family, but as he grows into adulthood he questions his family's traditions and lifestyle. He wants more out of life, and as he wanders on his journey of self-discovery, his restlessness leads him down a dangerous road. Johnny's direction and life is transformed when he meets and falls in love with Annie, a lovely girl who is devoted to her faith. But tragedy strikes that changes Johnny's life forever, causing him to once again wander on a new journey of discovery while searching for his home once again.
Sabio and Mariposa are two Monarch Butterflies that are born on Johnny's family's farm. Transforming from worms into beautiful butterflies, they embark on their own long journey of being entrusted with carrying out the amazing miracle of the fourth generation before finding their own home.
Author Paul Stutzman weaves an intriguing multi-layered tale of love, hope, faith and finding your home/place in the world. It took me awhile to get into the story as it was a bit confusing with the alternating perspectives of different characters as well as that of the butterflies. But once I got a grasp of Johnny's and the butterflies stories, I was able to get drawn into the story as their journeys unfolded.
I was intrigued with the Amish lifestyle, the author utilizes his Amish background to provide the reader with a richly detailed and descriptive look into the Amish community. As a person who has always been fascinated by Monarch Butterflies, I enjoyed the author's description of the transformation of the two worms into amazing Monarch Butterflies and their own magical journey.
The journey of discovery and wandering is left open-ended and leaves the reader wanting more. It looks like story will be continued in the next book.
Posted November 18, 2013
I found this book a bit confusing, it's about an Amish boy/man finding himself. The story really breaks most of the stereotypes of Amish stories.
In the beginning, the Amish in this district attend public schools, and there are wild drinking and drug parties.
Johnny doesn't know which way to go, to stay Amish and in the bond and love of his family, or spread his wings and leave. You will love his family, his Dad is one everyone would love to have. They even find the right girl for him?? There are some really warm hearted moments, and finding your way to Jesus....I loved those moments. There are some really heartbreaking things that happen, and you might want some tissues handy.
The part of switching from butterflies and back to humans, even with some points being made was a bit disconcerning. As the title tells there is a bit of wandering going on.
We are left with wanting more, and maybe there will be more answers in the next book.
I received this book through Pump Your Book Virtual Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.