What can I say about a book that is set in Seattle and told from the perspective of a homeless girl?
First, that is was completely unlike anything I have ever read. I mean, we get this point of view of someone who has never known anything but a tent in the forest. She has only her father as family and the other residents of “The Jungle” who call themselves Winterfolk. Rain is fifteen-years-old. She knows how to read, but not write and keeps a rock garden outside of her tent. Her fiend and protector, King, takes her into Seattle one day for her birthday, the day before their home is to be demolished by the city and sets into motion events that turn into a day of firsts. It will sadden you, make you laugh,and maybe even open your eyes a little.
The supporting characters were colorful and fit well into the story. Basically, I couldn’t put this book down, it was that good. Rain’s narrative that was both magical and innocent drove the story. She has never been exposed to the real world so she incorporates what’s she read into what is around her in order to cope. Again, it’s sad.
I would absolutely love to see what else Janel Kolby does and I will scoop it up so fast I may even accidentally buy two books at once. If you’re reading this, please write more books. We need them. I need them.
Thank you to Edelweiss for the ARC
by Sara Raasch
“Books were safer than other people anyway.”
So, what can I say about a book that was just……AMAZING IN EVERY WAY?
Let me just say that I loved magical realism before I knew what magical realism was. This isn’t my first romp in Gaiman-land but I have only read Coraline otherwise so…basically now I am buying every one of his other books.
Contrary to other opinions, this book was not confusing to me at all. It’s true to Neil Gaiman’s staple which is making you feel uneasy yet oddly safe because you know that good will prevail. It’s about good vs evil, the end of innocence and friendship and bravery and loss.
And this tidbit of truth: “Peas baffled me. I could not understand why grown-ups would take things that tasted so good raw, and then put them in tins, and make them revolting.”
This book is weird and beautiful and everything you want in a weird and beautiful book. At under 200 pages, I truly did not even want it to end. I read the thing in one day. *insert sad face*
I don’t want to give anything away. I’d like people to go in blind like I did and be pleasantly.
If you don’t Neil Gaiman, you probably won’t like this. If you do, read this. If you aren’t sure, read this.