Book Reviews

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

Hi Bookworms. I’m changing up the order this week, because I can’t wait a whole week to tell you about “Where the Crawdads Sing”. I loved this book so much. Top five reads of the Summer, without a doubt.

This book, by Delia Owens, has been getting acalaydes for a while now. I’m sad that I only got around to reading it this summer. It published in August 2018. Since that month this book has been featured on Reece Witherspoon’s Book List, Hello Sunshine. “Where the Crawdads Sing” has been a number one New York Times Bestseller too!

“Where the Crawdads Sing” is a bildungsroman. A what? A bildungsroman. A coming of age novel. Readers meet Kya, a young girl who is five years old when her mother leaves the family, running from an abusive husband and a life of poverty. From that moment, most of Kya’s family abandons her as well. She is eventually left in the marshes of North Carolina all alone. To the people of a nearby town, Kya is less than dirt, so she makes her own way through the marsh and is raised by nature.

As she ages, Kya runs into problems with school, romance, and society. Ultimately this book becomes a murder trial that gives me major “To Kill a Mockingbird” vibes. Is Kya Clark the Scout for a new generation? You tell me.

  • Quick Takeaways
  • Favorite Character: Tate
  • Major Themes: Family, trust, love, and prejudices
  • Favorite Part: Kya’s teenage years, running through the marsh and exploring with Tate.
  • Least Favorite Part: The beginning of this novel is a bit slow, so the first 30-50 pages are probably my least favorite. After Pa leaves (Not a major spoiler) my enjoyment increased a lot!

The turn of this novel to include a murder mystery in a coming of age story is very unique. And, really, the only other coming of age story I’ve read that includes a murder master is “To Kill a Mockingbird”. However, the murder mystery was not my favorite aspect to this novel. I understand that it needed the murder in order to have a central plot. It just wasn’t my favorite part. I enjoyed the character development of Kya apart form the murder much more.

I would recommend this books to fans of: “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “This is Where it Ends” , and “Watching You” (A book I, admittedly, haven’t read but it keeps popping up to be related so take that as you will).

Overall? I would read this book again. I think it is a great transitional book into adult fiction. I love YA, and I always will, but I am trying to read more basic adult fiction. Because this is a coming of age novel, readers get to experience that teenage phase and the adult phase all while being gripped in the hands of murder.

Have you read “Where the Crawdads Sing”? Let me know what you thought in the comments.

Keep reading Bookworms xx

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