Book: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Who should read this book: Anyone that likes a good girl power, coming-of-age story
So it’s about time I read this book. It was absolutely beautiful. It’s been very hyped, including being on Reese Witherspoon’s book club list. As usual I was behind the times on this one. So you’ve probably already seen a lot of 5 star reviews for this already. But here’s my review anyways!
First of all, I had to look up what a crawdad was, and it’s another term for crayfish! And apparently they make noise! So that’s the singing part, you’re welcome. The book is about Kya Clark, a little girl that grows into a strong, beautiful woman. Her family is very poor and they live in a shack in a Marsh. Her siblings leave as soon as they can and her mother eventually leaves too. She’s left with her abusive father for a while, but soon he disappears too. That leaves the 8 year old Kya to fend for herself on the Marsh. She makes a friend in a boy named Tate and he teaches her to read and write. The rest she learns alone, to feed herself, to make money, to buy supplies and food and to drive the boat navigating the Marsh. She thrives on her own and becomes fiercely independent. She learns about love and loss, heartbreak and friendship, and faces discrimination and sexism. Her story is beautiful and I really hope Delia Owens writes another novel.
Writing 2/2 points: Delia Owens has written nonfiction books but this was her first novel and it is so well written. The emotion alone, Owens easily portrays a full spectrum throughout the book, causing me to laugh and cry a few times. The landscape and sub characters were well described but I never lost focus of Kya. She was the brilliant centerpiece to this novel and Owens wrote her as a stunning character.
Plot 2/2 points: I keep saying how beautiful this story is, but really. This is one of the best coming-of age stories I’ve ever read. The plot was well driven, constantly growing with Kya, watching her become an amazing women. And the sub plot of the murder of Chase Andrews added a needed sense of mystery.
Hook 2/2 points: The story starts with the murder of Chase Andrews, a local married man well known in town. His body is found and a police investigation begins, speculation starts about who murdered him and some think it was the Marsh Girl. We then flashback to when Kya (the Marsh Girl) was only 6 and her story begins with abandonment. The sadness is immediate and sucks you right in. So there are two hooks in this novel, who killed Chase Andrews, and who is the Marsh Girl? I was hooked immediately and I enjoyed the dual timelines.
Twist 1/2 points: Sorry fam, I can’t explain this point loss too much without causing some spoilers, but if you’ve read the book and want to know, feel free to message me. My problem was with the very ending. Just like there were two hooks, there were two twists in this book. One of them I loved and one of them had me a little confused. Hence the loss of one point.
Feel 2/2 points: OMG I loved this book. Kya’s story was inspiring and breathtaking. It was absolutely wonderful to read. I don’t often jump on the hype bandwagon but I’m very glad I did with this one. If you’ve been hesitating reading this book, stop. Read it. I would not be surprised if this book becomes a classic.