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Whistling In the Dark by Lesley Kagen
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Feb 28, 12

bookshelves: books-of-2012, contemporary-fiction, mystery, three-star-review
Read in February, 2012

Shelly's Thoughts: I liked this book. It's a quick little read, and overall decent. However, there's one super huge flaw for me. The fact that there is so much going on in 'small town USA in the 1950s." There's a murderer, a molester, a drunk stepfather, a mother in the hospital for most of the book, slapping kids around, a 'ghost', an African American woman who had escaped from the KKK in the south, a disabled elderly woman, a boy with polio who bullies others, a gay man, a gay priest, two mentally handicapped people (one adult, one a child), a child with medical issues, a child with a harelip, two people who survived Concentration Camps, and people not being completely forthcoming with who they are. Not to mention that the narrator is TEN years old, and her younger sister is NINE. The things that they do in this book, their manner of speaking, and how they take care of each other and the world around them is a much older way of being. It would make more sense if they were a few years older. Like 12/11.

Also, for a 10 year old in the 1950s, Sally has an entirely too PC reaction to a lot of these things. It's almost unreal.

Overall: It's a fun quick read. Just let go of expectations, and you might find yourself enjoying this.
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