First of all I have to thank NetGalley for the honor of reading such a touching and heartfelt book. It is truly a story that everyone should read.
I hate prejudice. It’s something I find I have very little patience with. I was born and raised in the south and have alway rebelled against hating someone because of the color of their skin, or their religious beliefs or sexual preferences. I try my best to love everyone and treat everyone with respect. Now, the bigots, haters and ones who think their race is the only one that counts; I throughly detest. I can’t tolerate haters. I have NO use for them be it in AL or in WASHINGTON. I won’t get polititacal here, but sure could with all that is going on right now in 2017. It’s a shame. It’s sad beyond words. That being said…..
I loved this book. It was written with such beauty, such eloquent words. In a way that to me most haters could read and it might get through to them. Maybe not, but maybe
Each character was formed so beautifully. Each person, each response to what this story was about, was written perfectly in my opinion.
I loved the setting and the Blue Hole reminds me in lots of ways of a place some of my friends and myself went to during hot summers when I was a teen in the 70s. I don’t remember there being trouble if someone different was there but I know in lots of places there was much trouble. Much hatred and pain.
This should be a book that kids in high school should have to read. Maybe it would teach them something. Something about belonging. Not being a bully or a hater. Just maybe it would get through to a few. You never know.
This book starts out great and it never let me down. I love how it started out with Turtle grown then going back in time to tell her story. Or the story I should say. It was just the right way to do this. She had a good story to tell albeit sad at times and very sad about half way through. Each character was touched by the New Girl, Sanna. Maybe some in not so good ways, they being haters. But the mangy pack took her as their friend and never let her down. She was different and some people can’t accept different, even now. She was kind and loving and a good friend. Em, he was one of my favorite characters. He loved reading and was kind in so many ways too. (Turtle’s brother). Then Jimbo. He was probably my very favorite person in this story. The son of a preacher. He was funny, well spoken, loving, kind and fell for the wrong, in their opinion, no mine, girl. I hated what happened to him.
I knew this was going to be a story that would get under my skin but I read it anyway and am so glad I did. It was so worth it. All the characters were so well written and so perfect for their part. Even the mean hearted. I wonder if the mean people do that out of fear of something or if they are truly just mean cruel people? I’ve often wondered about that. In this story you get to know each character and feel bad for some and happy for some.
It has something for everyone and lots of tears to be shed so be warned that you will need that box of Kleenex.
I gave this book a 5 star rating and would have given it many more if I could have. It is true to it’s time and it makes me wonder why there are some that would go back to that time or worse if they could. Or they think they would anyway. The author did a great job and I thank her for writing such a good story. It touched my heart deeply and completely