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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details, proof they hope may free Ben, Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she'll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club...and maybe she'll admit her testimony wasn't so solid after all.
As Libby's search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby's doomed family members, including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town.
Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started...on the run from a killer.
There isn't anything more horrible than a child witnessing her family being killed, but how much did Libby actually see? Libby shuts herself off from the world and survives off money that people had donated to a fund for her. Unfortunately Libby couldn't hold a job and the funds grew dry. I kept wondering why she wasn't getting some kind of services to help her as she clearly has psychological issues. In any event, she gets approached by member from a "Kill Club" that tries to solve unsolved murders. Libby agrees to reconnect with people from her past simply because she needs the money to live off. Eventually the story of what really happened that night comes out.
The story has some pretty gruesome scenes in it so if you are squirmy about those, you'll either want to skip them or the book altogether. At no point did I like Libby as a person. The only person that I sort cared for was Libby's mom. She was trying her best to provide a better life for her kids and even in the end she failed.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
We read this book for my Book Club and though many of the members really liked it, I thought it was just so-so. I found myself not liking the main character because of the way he treated his "best friend". I understand that their friendship wasn't exactly something allowed since Hassan was just a servant to Amir, but still. If you are going to be friends with someone, don't make the friendship be about convenience. Amir's father was also very unlikable. Amir was doing just about everything he could so that his father would be proud of him, but it was almost like he was invisible.
am working on getting caught up with reviews and it's been so long
since I read this book so I apologize for the extremely short review. I remember bits and pieces, but not all of it.)
Friday, September 30, 2022
Before And After by Lisa Wingate and Judy Christie
The publication of Lisa Wingate’s novel Before We Were Yours brought new awareness of Tann’s lucrative career in child trafficking. Adoptees who knew little about their pasts gained insight into the startling facts behind their family histories. Encouraged by their contact with Wingate and award-winning journalist Judy Christie, who documented the stories of fifteen adoptees in this book, many determined Tann survivors set out to trace their roots and find their birth families.
Before and After includes moving and sometimes shocking accounts of the ways in which adoptees were separated from their first families. Often raised as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades of their lives. Christie and Wingate tell of first meetings that are all the sweeter and more intense for time missed and of families from very different social backgrounds reaching out to embrace better-late-than-never brothers, sisters, and cousins. In a poignant culmination of art meeting life, many of the long-silent victims of the tragically corrupt system return to Memphis with the authors to reclaim their stories at a Tennessee Children’s Home Society reunion . . . with extraordinary results.