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Nfully split almost as if there were two different authors an xperienced one for the vivid narrative and an amateur for dialogue and character development which in fact may be the case since the author s an xperienced nature writer and this is her first novelThe story is told in two time periods Young Kya left alone in the marsh to fend for herself starts the story in 1952 and Young Kya left alone in the marsh to fend for herself starts the story in 1952 and investigate a murder in 1969 The opening lyrical descriptions of the swampland and inner thoughts of the swamp kids had soul I loved felt and smelled the land sea air and dense plants But when people started talking the writing became stilted overwritten and unbelievable This happened in the arlier time period with Kya and a boy and the boy and his dad and same thing with the 1969 police dialogue The kids scenes had an after school TV special sound and the police scenes sounded canned like a marshlands of North Carolina version of Law and Order where Foufoune cosmique - Petit guide pratique vers une sexualité sacrée, consciente et épanouie exposition is awkwardly inserted to move the story forward or there is overwriting that takes away from what could have sounded authentic to the region Forxample a deputy says to his sheriff I m hungry Let s go by the diner on the way out there Well get ready for an ambush Everybody in town s pretty riled up Chase Andrew s murder s the biggest thing s happened round here maybe Il était une fois les Expos - Lintégrale ever Gossip s goin up like smoke signals Well keep anar out We might pick up a tidbit or two Most ne The Edge of Nowhere er do wells can t keep their mouths shut 61Why not just I m hungry and cut to the wonderful description of the Barkley Cove Diner and the scene of people gossiping about the crime In real life people do not sayverything they re thinking or narrate The Unwavering Miss Winslow everything that s happening or is going to happen In fact most of us lie about what we really think if we areven self aware Kaamelott, Tome 2 : Les Siges De Transport enough to know our subconscious thoughts Leaving out thoughts leaving gaps in truth and trusting the characters a writer has created allows subtext and real character to drive things forward There is none of that hereI found the character development absurd Simply put there are no authentic complex characters Kya starts as a believable swamp rat which is inconsistent with what we learn about the derivation of her parents Her voice is unbelievably inconsistent throughout the book Then there are the two one dimensional romances one of which allows her to learn to read at age 14 and grow into anducated sophisticated poetry reciting biologist knowing lyrics to songs she never would have heard La Transformation intérieure etc and the other a sexual relationship where she doesn tven think about pregnant although she seems to have learned all her biology from the scientific texts she readsI finished this book by skimming large sections starting at page 164 when the LA MAISON DE L'ABBAYE: Les chroniques dEdward Holmes sous la rgence du duc de Bedford et durant la cruelle et sanglante guerre entre les Armagnacs et les Bourguignons entire plot became apparent sans annd of book twist which was intellectually fun but just as unbelievable as the manipulations of Kya s character Sorry friends who adore this book I m an outlier on this one I guess. Karen Russell Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an xuisite ode to the natural world a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising tale of possible murder Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

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Where the Crawdads SingCause I needed an xtra audiobook I bought it on Librofm and locked myself into reading it Bad decisionThis book is just a pile of tropes and cliches dressed up in some nice nature writing The plot is not much of a plot and the mystery makes up only a small section of the book and much of it Dtruite : J'ai pous un pervers narcissique (Rcits, tmoignages) ends up being courtroom scenes and not much mystery This book is basically Manic Pixie Dream Girl In the Marsh We spend a long time with young Kya abandoned fending for herself almostntirely isolated I was willing to be patient through all that to see what kind of person she would grow into because that had the potential to be very interestingExcept it was not It became less interesting the longer I read Because Kya doesn t act like a person who has been almost Los Animales Fruteros entirely isolated She just acts like a regular loner Sure she may have some habits that fit with her strange upbringing but she seems to understand people and language just like a regular person I was nearly out of my head with frustration that the book had spent so long telling me how different she was only to have her be just the same as most people Deciding to never love again becauseveryone leaves you is a pretty regular person thing to do when you re in your 20 s for xampleThis isn t a book of deep psychological insight do when you re in your 20 s for xampleThis isn t a book of deep psychological insight can probably guess from a couple of chapters in how it will nd And you would be right There are no real revelations the plot is pretty obvious ahead of time And it s all rather confusing because there are sections where Owens writes well her courtroom scenes are actually uite competent but on both the broad strokes and the specific details nothing here really rings true And the time that passed the I got annoyed with this book so it finally fell from 3 stars to a rare 2 star review I usually uit a 2 star book If you re going to give me a plot I ve seen a thousand times at least wrap it in some keen insight or character development
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sadly this was failure for me all around 9820 note Dear Goodreaders If you loved this book I m very happy for you As a reader and also somebody who works in the publishing industry I want all readers to like or love as many books as possible so the fact that you love this book is in my opinion a good thing If reading a review that does not agree with your opinion nrages you don t read this review I do not believe there are spoilers in my opinion but a couple of commenters think there are So if you have not yet read this book you may not want to read my review I read it uite a while ago and have moved on to many books that I m interested in So I won t be joining conversation in the comments If you disliked this book you may njoy having some company in your opinion Betsy RobinsonThe ReviewNormally I would not finish let alone review a book I disliked as much as I did this one but since I bought the book and am reading it for my book club I ve decided to say what I thinkI found the writing of this romancemurder mystery to be pai. In the marsh that she calls home finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happensPerfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and. ,

45 stars rounded upA story of survival of what the depth of loneliness feels like when a young girl is abandoned first by her mother then her four siblings Even at five Kya understands why they left because of her father because of his meanness his abuse his drinking What she doesn t understand of her father because of his meanness his abuse his drinking What she doesn t understand why they left her behind and neither could I She remains pretty much alone since her father comes and goes until he doesn t come back It was gutting as she sits on the beach with the gulls not wanting them to fly away and leave her too Heartbreaking how she is neglected and abandoned remembering the beatings trying to figure out a way to at Atmospheric is an understatement and I don t use that word often because it seems overused sometimes but this place the marsh permeates just about The Ghostfaces everything that is meaningful in this story beginning with Kya s realization And the marsh became her mother The marsh becomes her life her livelihood thessence of who she becomes through her self learned Le Grand Silence expertise of the insects and the birds her art But is itnough to heal her The kind hearts of Jumpin and Mabel who help a little girl alone and in need the only human contact she
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until her brother friend Tate comes into her life but is that Les pieds nickeles sur beta 2 enough to help her heal I love the writing fabulous descriptions of the marsh The marsh and its inhabitants the insects the fish the birds which piue Kya s curiosity give her so much joy and company and allow her to become thexpert she does become on the marsh and marsh life But is that nough to make Kya whole after so much hurt and lonelinessThere s a murder mystery not my usual fare but I was totally ngaged trying to come up with who the murderer was totally Les filles de marbre; drame en cinq actes, m engaged in the courtroom scenes I gave it 45 stars because there were a couple of things that felt not uite realistic But when I woke up thinking about this story I knew I would round it up to 5 stars I don t often cry over books but this one definitely brought me to tears at a number of places Overall it was such a fabulous read heartbreaking in so many ways with wonderful writing and characters a stunning portrait of a place of the trauma of loss and loneliness My heart was always broken for Kya a character to remember An unforgettablending This was a monthly read with Esil and Diane and as always I appreciate their thoughts as we read together In this case we have very similar feelings about this beautiful storyI received an advanced copy of this book from GP Putnam s Sons through Edelweiss I really njoyed the parts of this book that were related to the marsh and the natural world but the story itself did not wow me I am definitely in the minority here many glowing reviews but it had a women s literature flavor to me that I don a women s literature flavor to me that I don personally care forA nice fiction debut for Owens just not my cuppa All of you talked me into reading this book The Goodreads reviews were virtually unanimously good not just good great It had to be good I thought And be. For years rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove a uiet town on the North Carolina coast So in late 1969 when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark the so called Marsh Girl But Kya is not what they say Sensitive and intelligent she has survived for years alone.