Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Release Date: October 1st, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Won from Librarything
Cover: It’s okay. Average. And nothing special. It could have been better, but then so could the contents inside.
It’s the end of a long hot summer in Alberta’s Badlands, and fifteen year old Lou is dreaming of escape. Then an unexpected crisis turns her dream into reality and Lou is forced to leave Alberta and stay with the mother she has never known. Lou is overflowing with anger, hurt, and, most of all, unanswered questions. Why did her mother never want her? She is convinced the answers lie hidden in her mother’s novels, and is determined to find the truth… no matter what the cost.
You know what? It’s been a couple of days since I finished this book and I’m honestly having a hard time remembering anything about it. It might be because it’s such a quick read and I finished it in a few hours and those types of books tend not to stick with you, but whatever the reason, I’m having a really hard time writing this review.
Here’s what I do remember: I was extremely disappointed in the ending. We were given all the reasons why the mother took the actions that she did in leaving her newborn baby with the father, but I felt that she was let off the hook too easily. Just because your own parents treated you like crap does not give you a license to treat your own kids like crap. Break the cycle and be different. I had no sympathy for her situation and I think maybe that’s why I liked the book less than I possibly should have. I’m not sure the author really knows what this situation is like because I find it hard to believe that the mother’s behavior would be justified in this way.
The writing was good, perhaps a bit simple, but it was certainly easy to read. The characters could have been developed more, especially Lou. I didn’t feel as connected to her as I could have. I just felt really sad for the characters. The book was depressing. There was little happiness to be found in these pages. Even the ending was bittersweet. Which is fine I guess, but I didn’t really expect that from this book.
Bottom line: It was a decent read, but there are a lot better books out there. It was good, not great. And I do hope the publishers fix the exorbitant amount of typos in the published novel. This was an ARC, but I always worry about that.