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Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
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Aug 07, 09

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Read in August, 2009

Although I recognize that Margo Lanagan is a talented writer, I had no investment in the characters after 200 pages.

I know that this book received some wonderful reviews, but I honestly can't think of a young adult reader I know that would like this book (this never happens to me!).

The beginning of the book opens with the sexual abuse Liga, a teenage girl, suffers at the hands of her father. Liga is also raped by a group of boys who break into her house. These horrific events, described with little sentimentality, compassion, or hope seemed inappropriate in a novel written for young adults.

Did I mention that this is a fantasy book set in a medieval universe?

I did connect to Liga, though. She is a survivor, but just when Liga's life takes a promising turn, she fades into the background and her two daughters become the protagonists of the story. When Liga ceased to be the main focus of the story, I lost interest.

I built an "abandoned" book shelf, just for this book and The Night Tourist.
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Reading Progress

08/03/2009 page 80
18.35% "Shocked by the beginning and I am not a prude... This is YA?" 1 comment
08/04/2009 page 170
38.99% "Considering abandoning it-- still not that entranced by the characters and life is short!"
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