Hi loves! I know, it’s August now, but here are my quick thoughts on what I read last month. Female protagonists ho!
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Keith has been talking about this book since he read it last year, and due to some very serious subject matter (rape, forced abortions, incest, and domestic violence), I hesitated adding it to my summertime reading, where I generally keep things light. But I am so very glad that I started reading it. It starts out following the story of Legur, a 14 year old girl with a sexually, physically, and mentally abusive father. The story continues to get worse and worse in the first few chapters. But then she is then transported to a dream-like world, all forests with kind animals, where we follow her daughters’ story lines. It’s written exquisitely and so painfully true to the female journey. The ending lags on a bit, but the finality is both sad and satisfying in a way that only the tone of this book could accomplish.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
After the final Harry Potter film (which I loved, by the by!), I was hankering for some more dark YA fiction. The always on cue Stephanie is one of many who had great things to say about The Hunger Games, so I gave it a go. And devoured the entire book in two days. Hunger Games follows the story of 16 year old Katniss in a post-post-apocalypse world, where totalitarian rule has broken America into 12 districts and forces them to pay tribute by giving two children from each district who are then made to fight to the death. The winner gets glory and everyone else obviously gets dead. It’s beautifully gory for a young adult novel, and gritty in all the right places. The writing isn’t the best, and sometimes I feel like she specifically puts in sentences to “read more YA” but the pacing is great, the characters are fleshed out really nicely, and the story, though done before in Battle Royale, is unique enough to stand on its own. I’m excited to read the next two books in August.