A long time ago, our book club read Where the Crawdads Sing. I hadn’t published this review, so I’m publishing it now. Since we’ve been in isolation, I’ve been in the reading game lately and just finished my third book in 3 weeks.
Lately, whenever someone asks me what book I’d recommend, Where the Crawdads Sing is one of the top choices.
Where the Crawdads Sing was Jocelyn’s book pick. It’s one of those books that I had been seeing around for a while now. At every book store table, Instagram story book reviews and through word of mouth. I am so grateful Jocelyn suggested it!
I wanted to borrow this book instead of buying it. The library had a copy, but I was #143 on the list to get it. I knew I wouldn’t get it before the end of the month. So, I put the word out on Facebook and thankfully someone I know had the book and let me borrow it.
Borrowing books are a great way to read the book you want while saving your pocket money. I’d suggest asking your network of friends and family if they have the next book you want to read. I’m always willing to lend my books to people, so don’t forget to ask me!
I should mention, January also saw the addition to a new book club member Sky-Lee! We were so excited to welcome her on board and she picked up the book and got started right away.
Where the Crawdads Sing Book Review
Where the Crawdads Sing follows the story of Marsh Girl, Kya Clark. After her family leaves her at a young age, Kya survives and fends for herself in her home, which just happens to be a marsh. The book shares the life of Kya from family lessons, love and unthinkable mysteries from the town closest to her home marsh.
Kya wants to be loved. She learns lessons from the ecosystem surrounding her and the people who come and go from her life.
The story was written in a beautiful, sad way that both opened my heart and broke it at the same time. I have never lived in a marsh, but I have had my parents leave me, so I felt that sense of connection to Kya with the soul-crushing hope that her parents would return one day to show her the love that she’s always wanted to feel.
This book was one of my favourite books of all time. I would recommend every single person out there read this book. The connection Kya had with the earth and the animals is something I desire deep inside of my soul and this book brought out a new sense of need to get outside and connect to the world in a grounding way.
I give this book 5/5.
I couldn’t put this book down. I was invested in Kya’s life, her relationships and the happenings in the town close by. And, can we talk about that ending? WOW. That final piece of writing really impacted the whole storyline. Please read this book.
I’ve always loved books that are about people in the wild; living free, isolated from other humans and connected to the earth. I don’t think I have ever read a book about being in nature that was this beautifully written. I instantly fell in love with the marsh and all its characters – human and nonhuman.
It made me fall in love and appreciate nature even more. And that ending. Wow. Didn’t see it coming. This book now falls under my top 10 favourite books I’ve ever read.
This book told a story unlike any other I’ve ever read before. The story heartbreaking in many ways and I became heavily invested in Kya’s while reading this book.
Reading through Kya’s life kept me on the edge of my seat. As she moved from childhood, into her teenage years, and then into adulthood I found myself fascinated with every facet of her story. I was impressed with how she learned to fend for herself and build her life, despite all of her hardships.
I really did not expect the ending of this book at all. Wow, what a shocker! But I felt like the story wrapped up nicely, which I appreciated.
Overall, I’d rate this a book a 5/5 and is one of my favourite books to date!
This is the story of a young girl whom, from an outsiders perspective, has less, is hard done by, abandoned, and alone and is therefore less deserving and less likely than others to be capable of acquiring the skills and knowledge required to enjoy life, love, or any richness of the human experience, that is assumed afforded to only those fortunate enough to be raised in a traditional sense.
Yet, as the author tells her story, you start to feel as though perhaps you are the one less fortunate and less likely to be experiencing the fullness of life; That the true connection and beauty we all long to be a part of is not anywhere near the traditional life we all commonly tend to lead but is indeed only to be found on the opposite path, the path less taken and sought after, that to be one of solitude with nature.
It’s an incredible skill as a writer to make the reader flip on their head and see the world differently and ultimately question their own values and place in the world. What a wonderful feeling to be flipped upside down from the status-quo, and swoon after a tale of true love, mystery and sorrow in the meantime. I loved the nostalgia for coming-of-age-romance and youthful wonder this book uncovered in me.
I give Where the Crawdad’s sing 4/5 stars.