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The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman
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Feb 23, 12

Read in February, 2012

If I had to use one word to describe The Little Woods, it would be this:

BEAUTIFUL.

Other than that, I'm at something of a loss. It's kind of like a slow motion collision between Twin Peaks and Gossip Girl set to a Bikini Kill soundtrack. It's spooky and dark and sad in a wonderful kind of way. It's about death and love and trying to find your way through all the places in between.

The prose is sharp and lyrical and full of 'Jesus, I wish I'd written that' lines. But when you're inside in The Little Woods, it doesn't feel like you're reading a book. It feels like you're being told a story.

Calista Wood is a fantastic protagonist - as perfect and flawed and awesome as any I've read. She's so real, she bleeds on the page. You can hear her when she speaks. She's the kind of girl I suspect I would have been in love with in high school, but I think she would have broken my heart.

It's awesome. Just read it.
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