When my coworker gave me Where The Crawdads Sing and I read the synopsis, I was a little skeptical. Leah and I have very different tastes in music and movies, so I was unsure of whether or not I’d enjoy this book, but she swore it was a must-read. I’ve had it since Christmas, and I decided to take it on our trip to Baton Rouge & New Orleans (because I don’t believe anyone should ever be caught anywhere without a book).
In Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens weaves a beautiful tale of a young woman who grows up under the difficult circumstances and is always considered an outcast by those around her. The story takes the reader through the childhood and into the early adulthood of Kya, a girl abandoned by nearly everyone. I feel like the term “coming of age” is overused, but this story truly showed a child tumbling headlong into womanhood with no one to guide her through the struggles. While the story follows a period of her life her life, it also explores the investigation of a suspicious death in the small North Carolina town.
I cried while I read this book. Several times. In the middle of a crowded airport terminal. On the airplane. With no tissues.
Owens’ descriptions of the marshland of North Carolina and the wildlife that inhabits the region captivated me. Each character, no matter how small a role they played in the story, came alive in my mind, but I don’t remember the author ever explaining their physical descriptions. The way she wrote allowed me to picture them with ease, and that’s that takes skill.
I would give this book a 7.5 (out of 10). It was a compelling book to read, and I was always eager to turn to the next page. From my perspective as a writer, though, the author tends to “head-hop” between her narrators, and I felt as if I had a mild case of whip-lash from it. Still, the story evoked every emotion in me and engaged my senses and imagination in a way that most books don’t. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I would highly recommend it!
In my opinion, Where The Crawdads Sing (a NY Times Bestseller and a Reese Witherspoon + Hello Sunshine pick) should be made into a movie. I think it would be absolutely amazing, as long as they cast it well… We’ll see, I guess!
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