Isn’t buying books just one of those lovely things? I went on a little spree and I included this book Where the crawdads sing as well. The story of the book was not completely revealed to me yet, but I heard a lot of people talking positively about it. It’s nice not knowing too much about the story, it makes it more of a surprise. Am I glad I chose to buy Where the crawdads sing? Find out below!
Book cover of Where the crawdad sings
For years, rumors of the “”Marsh Girl”” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
My first impression
This is an interesting read! It’s also kind of sad because the “Marsh Girl” Kya can’t seem to get a break. The book immediately hits you in the feels because of her mother whom abandoned her. I wonder if the future holds a better life for her!
The book is about Kya, growing up in North Carolina. In the marsh, the place where the crawdads sing. Her mother abandoned her and her father is a good for nothing drunk. Her brothers and sisters all leave the house and don’t return to check up on her. When she has to go to school, the kids make fun of her so she never returns. She is clever though, and knows how to hide from the inspection. Growing up, she did make a friend though. He taught her how to read and all about the swamp. Will he return to her when he leaves for college? And is the other young man she meets a good match? Will her life get better?
This is a really well written book. You really get sucked into the story. I was definitely rooting for Kya! However, at times I did want her to experience a little more happiness and stability. Sometimes books push that limit, but fortunately it does not push it too far. The plot will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page! I do understand the hype, because it is a book about a special girl. Raising herself and making due with nearly nothing.
Conclusion of Where the crawdads sing
This book will have you rooting for a resourceful but fictional character. I enjoyed the read and expanded my English vocabulary in the meantime. To start, I didn’t know the word ‘crawdads’ before. This book is definitely recommended!