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  • An absorbing story

    Beginning in 1952, "Where the Crawdads Sing" tells the story of Catherine Danielle Clark, known as "Kya" or the "Marsh Girl". Living in poverty with her family in the marshes of rural North Carolina, Kya is 6 years old when the story begins. Her father was abusive, and as a result her mother and her siblings left their lives behind. Several years later, when her father deserts her, Kya is left to fend for herself. With no formal education, Kya scrounges to support herself, isolated from others and with few personal relationships. She develops friendships with two local boys, Tate (who taught her to read) and Chase. In 1969, when Kya is 23 years old, Chase is found dead, and Kya is accused of killing him. Beautifully written, "Where the Crawdads Sing" is a story of loneliness, strength, and endurance which will stay with the reader for a long time. A great read!

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  • Excellent

    This book touches your soul deeply. As a woman who grew from a shy lonely girl I could truly relate to Kya’s aching outsider loneliness. When one person reaches out for connection it’s remarkable what can happen. If that person ends up hurting you, you’re heart hardens a little each time. Life reminds you to focus on the good and surround yourself with people who are true.

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  • Where The Crawdads Sing

    Outstanding and deserving of more than 5 stars. Such a rich, addictive story with the perfect amount of detail and an ending that doesn't leave you hanging. The Marsh Girl is my favourite character I've read so far this year. If you haven't read it already, add this to your to-read list immediately.

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  • where the crawdads sing

    This book was recommended by a friend. Didn't think I would like it. I was so wrong. Probably one of the best books I have ever read! Powerful, thought provoking,emotional.

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  • Why all the good reviews?! More like YA fiction

    This is one of two books I DNF last year. I'm usually a sucker for pretty prose, especially in a shimmering Southern setting, so believe me when I say I really tried to finish (and like) this book. The delicate descriptions of rural North Carolina are nice but, ultimately, they aren't enough to carry the story, which centers around Kya, a protagonist so shallow and cliche that she's painful to read about. The tropes abound; specifically the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Kya spends most of her life alone in a swamp, neglected and then abandoned by her family. Yet, somehow, she manages. And this in interesting, for a while. Eventually, two boys enter her orbit and, through her relationships with them, we learn that she is sensitive, intelligent and resilient. Honestly, I didn't get to much farther as the whole thing was so totally unbelievable. The final straw for me was the first sex scene, which was so YA that I shut the book for good. I should mention that there's also a whodunnit running parallel to Kaya's story. Much like the nature writing, however, it wasn't a sufficient excuse to continue. I feel a little betrayed by all the good reviews this book received and I also must lament the opportunity that was missed here. Owens is clearly gifted with prose and I would have loved to behold a more nuanced portrait of Kya's coming of age narrative. How has neglect and isolation impacted her development/sense of self? How does the entrance of the boys tap into this and what do her relationships with them reveal to us? All I can say is that this book really missed the mark. Perhaps fans of YA fiction would like it more.

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