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Along the Watchtower based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I got to read this book as a book store sample and the story really affected me. I wondered if I could have mustered the self-sufficiency that the main character, Lucinda, needed to propel her through life. She has to fight for everything she needs: mentally, emotionally and sometimes practically in her transient life as an "army brat". Her father's narcissism and mother's passivity leave her to untangle all the tough experiences of a difficult adolescence on her own. The one time anyone gives her guidance it's a "must listen to" list of rock songs from a young soldier on base, and this music becomes a kind of touchstone for her. It's a lonely climb to adulthood but Lucinda is a tough girl I really admired. By the end of the book she finally manages to balance out when to fight back and when to just accept. And isn't that exactly what we all need to learn? I loved this book. I think it would be great for a book club discussion because there are so many moments in the book that made me wonder how I would have reacted in the same place. I mostly read YA and this is definitely literary fiction, but I was completely engrossed in it. So I think it would be a good read for someone looking for more substance in a coming of age story than typical YA novels. The main character is a perfect mix of what I could relate to and what I wish I could have been.