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Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber
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Mar 18, 2012

did not like it
Read in March, 2012

I read about this book somewhere and was really interested in the premise (thirteen-year-old girl runs away and five years later the whole family is dealing with the ramifications). I've also been struggling to find more recent books written by women.

Unfortunately this book did not deliver: I have read about half, and have decided not to finish. The writing seemed messy at a micro level, and I constantly felt like I wanted to brush away words and phrases to get to the actual story. The characters weren't well-constructed and didn't really seem to act their age/gender/background/etc. Also, the author wasn't really telling the stories that I wanted to be told and kept going off on other tangents. Oh well.

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