Another book that surprised me. I didn't really expect to like it, thinking it would be maudlin or overly cliched. Instead, I found it full of interesting information about a little-known time in history and its unfortunate parallels in today's foster-care system. I also enjoyed the way the stories from the past and present are woven together. One of my favorite genres is the coming-of-age novel, and this one provides an interesting picture into the lives of 2 girls, orphaned young, and how they deal with the adversity that seems to skulk around every corner. Some of the story is a bit predictable and facile, hence the 4-star rating, but I'm not providing any spoilers.
I loved the story, but I struggled with the narration at times. One of the narrators spoke fast and sounded like a chipmunk. I had to slow down the narration speed, but it never sounded quite right. My interest in the story line kept me engaged, not the narration.
At 1st I thought the book was going to be boring but once u really get into the book it gets so good and jaw dropping one of the best books I have ever read!!
Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Well written and narrated. Very difficult lives of two orphans decades apart end up having a positive influence on each other.
The story is interesting and heart wrenching at times. The situations the characters live through are myriad and for the most part sad. T he sad part is the so often of uncaring, cold and too often cruel and unforgivable actions by the majority of adults in the story. These actions don't seem, according to the story, to have have changed or improved over a century and I will have to do more research to see if this story portrays the norm or exception. I pray it's the exception, though perhaps it's not. I don't feel the book is complete enough and the emotions of the main characters too often lack depth. There is no rancor at any point in them, which, and maybe it's just me, seems unreal.
The performance is ok at best. I wish Vivian's voice had grown up as she did. I had a hard time imaging her as an adult. The lack of emotion in the voices only intensifies the lack of emotions in the characters themselves.