Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

by Bonnie Jo Campbell
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Once upon a River 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't find this book enjoyable whatsoever. With about 100 pages to go, I started skimming descriptive paragraphs (and focused on dialogue)just to get it over with. If I had borrowed this book from the library, I would have returned it without finishing it. Since I paid for it, I felt obligated (to myself) to finish.
McGuffyAnn More than 1 year ago
It is 1970s Michigan. When her father is killed, 16 year old Margo Crane loads a rowboat with supplies, along with her rifle, and sets off in search of her mother. Margo doesn't consider this dangerous, as the river is her sanctuary, her salvation. She also has her favourite book, the book of her personal inspiration: Annie Oakley. This river journey through Michigan becomes one of self exploration and self discovery. It is a defining journey for Margo. She will meet with many hardscrabble people, and encounter experiences beyond the normal for a 16 year old girl. But Margo is not the normal 16 year old. Once again, Bonnie Jo Campbell has written a unique book, filled with characters and situations that life is really made of. It is intense, even harsh at times. This book will take you on quite a ride!
NanceeMarchinowski 9 months ago
A young girl has experienced numerous losses in her youth. Her coming of age is not an easy one. As she learns to survive on the river with only her grandfather's boat as her home base, Margo's resourceful nature sustains her through much hardship and pain. Very well written, descriptive to the point of being poetic, the author presents a very detailed portrait of a life of hardship and challenge. Characterizations are very well defined. I fell hook, line and sinker into the plot, and was disappointed when the book ended. This is one of those unforgettable stories that touch the heart. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absorbed Margo's experience like warm sunshine on a spring day. Expertly told tale of personhood, growth and survival.
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Doesn't nook your socks off or anything, but a fun read. Had some problems accepting some of the plot line on a this isn't super realistic level. But the protagonist is well developed and it was overall entertaining.
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whateverJC More than 1 year ago
Well written but didn't like the story. Main character too blood thirsty and short sighted. Pictured a future with social services taking the baby and Margo becoming a homeless bag lady.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the charactors interesting and realistic. I was once the too quiet, introvert, too. Now I am living in the Kalamazoo area, and I find many people of the types depicted in this good book.
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