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The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson
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May 04, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011-reads, first-reads, iowa
Read in May, 2011

This is the story of the Peerson family: Ryan, Anita, Blake, Torrie and their cousin, Chip Tesman (Ray, Jr). What I liked:

* Jean Thompson does an excellent job of portraying the family's life in a believable way. You almost feel they could be the family next door.

* The book is well-written, no annoying writing quirks, too much dialect, etc.

* The story is woven deftly around the events of three decades

* There is just the right amount of action, events to keep the story believable

What I didn't like:

* I found the story depressing and almost boring at times. This may sound contradictory to what I wrote above, but I think the reason is that I never found myself empathizing with any of the characters enough to like any of them. There were parts of their lives that I could identify with, but not enough to feel a kinship with their lives as a whole. My guess is that most Americans in the 30-50 year range will identify more than I do, and therefore enjoy it more than I did.
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