Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I wasn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.

Book Rating

4/5

Book Review

One of the hyped up books of Instagram! I am always afraid to read books that are full of such hype–they are always hit or miss with me. Where the Crawdads Sing has nearly five stars on Goodreads, which is outstanding. I loved this book, but I had a few issues with it that held back one star.

Poor Kya had an extremely hard childhood…abandoned by her family, made fun of at school the one time she went, she is a true daughter of the marsh. Hence the name, “Marsh Girl”. Everyone makes fun of her, fears her, thinks she is “different” than them, which scares them.

With the help of a few compassionate people, and her eagerness to learn and live, Kya makes a life for herself. However, one of the town favorites, Chase Andrews, is found dead, and Kya is the immediate favorite suspect. She is different from the other town folk–she has never fit in or tried to fit in, which gives her a “mark” none of the other townspeople have. So, with no real evidence, the town (minus a few people) is determined to blame Kya for the untimely death of Chase. What happens will definitely shock you!

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading a book about a strong female heroine who has gone against all odds to become successful, and define success for herself. She lives the life she wants to live, instead of conforming to the norms of society, and that is a truly beautiful thing. The only thing I didn’t like was the ending–I think you will see what I mean. I could have used more explanation, more discussion about it.

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