SLIGHT SPOILERS, but nothing a blind man couldn't see coming....
If I sat down and listed the cliches and stereotypes that the author uses, I might be here all day, but if you like books with:
-bitter teens in foster care who have been failed by the system
-drunken Native Americans and Irishmen
-foster parents who care only about the money they get for fostering
-pervy, gross adoptive dads
-wicked step/adoptive mothers
-wealthy old white women with secrets
Then this is the story for you! Honestly, it was terrible. Was everyone else reading another book? I have read other fiction that had the orphan trains as a central detail and found them interesting and entertaining. This book was neither. It feels like a rambling, painful story written by a 9th grader who thinks that all their ideas are SO original and that no other teen on earth feels like they do. The narration doesn't help the unlikable "present day" character sound anything more than whiny and ungrateful and angry at the world.
I gagged my way through it, but do yourself a favor and skip this one.
I never finished this book. The story may have been better than I was able to get from it but the performance of this book was so fast that it felt like I was listening to the chipmunks. When i tried to slow it down it sounded like i was listening to someone reading in a tunnel. The performance on this book was so distracting that I wasn't paying attention to the story and eventually gave up on the book.. This may have been a good book but its hard telling based on the experience I had with the audio version of this book.
I consider this a "light" book-it was entertaining and enjoyable. It did take on some serious issues but did not engage in them long enough to create a world that fully ensnared me and kept me on the edge of my seat. Is it a book I would listen to again and again? No. However, if you are looking for an enjoyable read that will keep you entertained for the time being (like a long road trip), I would recommend this book!
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
This book is not perfect but there are so many things that went right here.The characters were well rounded and I cared about them. I was engaged and interested. This story of loss and redemption is so worthwhile.
The idea of the story is good. The actual story-telling and writing is disappointing. From non-sequiturs, to unbelievable dialogue, the book was a miss. The writing is a mish-mash with lots of syrup on top.
I loved this book with its journey thru one woman's history. A painful but touching journey. The one con I would give is I would rate this book "R" for the swearing in the modern section of the story. Really unnecessary and detracts from the purpose (altho I get the fact that she's been abandoned and feels angry and expresses it this way). The historical part of the tale however is very cleanly written and full of emotion without the marring of profanity. I enjoyed it thoroughly!
It's hard to articulate, as tears stream down my face, how much I loved this book. It was sad, uplifting, hopeful, and at times, utterly heartbreaking. I find myself thinking about it long after I am done.