I certainly try not to. I avoid books that are what everyone is reading at the time and say is amazing. I have always found when I feed into the hype, I end up disappointed. That being said I am happy I finally read Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. The details of the marsh in North Carolina are spectacular and you feel like you are actually surrounded by this wildlife. You latch on to Kya, the main character, instantly and feel your heartbreak with everything she has to go through. Kya was left by her mother and siblings at the age of six. She is left to live with her drunk and abusive father, and actually learns to get along with him until one day when she is 10, he leaves her also. She goes to school one day of her life and then never again. Kya learns to take care of herself, make money, and just survive. Then comes this boy named Tate who teaches her how to read and other basic schooling. Kya falls in love with learning and Tate has to bring her more books and books. Tate falls for this marsh girl and their relationship is just so beautifully innocent. Going through Kya’s life and seeing what some people endure really put your own life in perspective. This book also flips between the past and the present where the body of Chase Andrews is found at the bottom of the old fire tower and the police are led to believe Kya is the one that killed him. Kya goes to trial and you are on the edge of your seat waiting to see how the jury will decide. This is a well-rounded book, with suspense and romance. I found the ending a bit predictable, but that is not an overall consensus from readers. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs to be reminded how lucky they have it or anyone that wants to read a great feel-good story. This book will teach you that you should never give up.
Favorite Quote – “Let’s face it, a lot of times love doesn’t work out. Yet even when it fails, it connects you to others and, in the end, that is all you have, the connections.”
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