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For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.

But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life's lessons from the land, learning the real way
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ebook, 384 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
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Betsy Robinson
Nov 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
9/8/20 note:
Dear Goodreaders,
If you loved this book, I'm very happy for you. As a reader and also somebody who works in the publishing industry, I want all readers to like or love as many books as possible, so the fact that you love this book is, in my opinion, a good thing. If reading a review that does not agree with your opinion enrages you, don't read this review. I do not believe there are spoilers in my opinion, but a couple of commenters think there are. So if you have not yet read this
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Debra
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All the Stars!!!!!

Can I just say that I loved everything about this book and leave it at that!?!

Where the Crawdads Sing is a story of resiliency, survival, hope, love, loss, loneliness, desperation, prejudice, determination and strength. This book goes back and forth in time to tell the story of Kya Clark a.k.a. the Marsh girl. She lives on the outskirts of town, in the Marsh, and the locals look down their noses at her, she is judged, ridiculed and bullied. But there are those who show her kind
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Kristin (KC)
*5 Stars, easily!*

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
is a gentle yet symbolic depiction of the valiant survival of Kya Clark—a reclusive young girl who has been abandoned by her parents, siblings, school system, the entire town surrounding her, and what ultimately feels like life itself.

Mother Nature has literally become Kya’s caretaker, and deep in a lonely Marsh along the North Carolina coast is where Kya will not only hide, but blossom into a primal independent being, coaxed inside the loyal embrace of
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a real controversial book to be hated or to be wholeheartedly loved. I was at the team of deeply in lovers. And I know most of the good readers couldn’t finish it. But if they also give it a shot to try the audiobook read by Cassandra Campbell, I’m positively sure that they will love the story and all the nature parts because this is not only Marsh Girl’s heart-wrenching, sad, poignant, poetic story, but this is also about nature.

When you listen to this book, you feel like the story is
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Jessica Woodbury
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
All of you talked me into reading this book. The Goodreads reviews were virtually unanimously good, not just good, great. It had to be good, I thought. And because I needed an extra audiobook I bought it on Libro.fm and locked myself into reading it. Bad decision.

This book is just a pile of tropes and cliches dressed up in some nice nature writing. The plot is not much of a plot and the mystery makes up only a small section of the book, and much of it ends up being courtroom scenes and not much
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JanB (vacation till Oct 18)
You know that person? The one who doesn't like what everyone else seems to love? There has to be someone in the outlier club and this time it is me. I was highly anticipating this book after reading all the praise from readers whose tastes usually align with my own. Unfortunately, I should have DNF'd this one when very early in the book, my eyes glazed over and I began skimming pages and pages of descriptive writing. The author is a nature writer and those sections were undoubtably well-written. ...more
Emily May
Apr 24, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: historical, 2019
» 4.53 across 160,000 ratings on Goodreads.
» 400+ holds at my library (I actually had to buy this).
» #1 on the Amazon charts.
» On virtually every Book Club's reading list.

...and I can’t finish it.

I’m sorry. I do realise with those numbers it is definitely me. I read all of Part 1 and the first chapter of Part 2, then I gave up at page 156. Nothing seemed to be happening other than Kya fishing and cooking grits. There are lots of pretty nature metaphors like:
Waves slammed one another, awash i
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Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I'm typically skeptical of books that are hyped to high heavens and end up on every book club list for months straight, not because they aren't worthy, but because I can let my expectations get the best of me and keep me from fully enjoying a wonderful book. This book exceeded my already high expectations; it emanates a quiet power, a slow drawing in and connection of reader to book, one that I found myself able to get lost in due to the lush atmosphere and the depth of emotion. I can see now wh ...more
Dianne
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the parts of this book that were related to the marsh and the natural world, but the story itself did not wow me. I am definitely in the minority here - many glowing reviews, but it had a “women’s literature” flavor to me that I don’t personally care for.

A nice fiction debut for Owens; just not my cuppa.
Sara
I seem to be finding myself in the minority a lot these days. The first half of this book was pretty close to marvelous, and then it went south on me (that is a pun). Anyway, after my attempt at weak humor, let me resume in a serious note to say I was expecting so much more than I got here.

Kya is a mere ten years old in 1952 when she is deserted, albeit gradually, by all the members of her family and left to make it alone in the marsh country of North Carolina. She forms a real attachment and un
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Angela M
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up .
A story of survival, of what the depth of loneliness feels like when a young girl is abandoned first by her mother, then her four siblings. Even at five Kya understands why they left - because of her father, because of his meanness, his abuse, his drinking. What she doesn’t understand is why they left her behind and neither could I. She remains pretty much alone since her father comes and goes until he doesn’t come back. It was gutting as she sits on the beach with the gull
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jessica
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
there are currently 582 people waiting for this book at my library. at first i thought that notification was a glitch; but then i read this, this impossibly tender story, and now im shocked as to why the waitlist isnt twice that.

there is a reason this book has become so sought after, and it feels like a privilege to have experienced it. this is one of the most memorable coming-of-age stories i have read in quite some time. it is a story that proves the growth of a person and the cultivation of
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Susan Stuber
Oct 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Seeing as to how I skipped most of the second half of the book, I have no choice but to give it one star.

There are so many things wrong with it, I hardly know where to start. The only thing it really had going for it was the plot, which was definitely a good one, and it is too bad that it got wrecked.

I am at a loss to put this book into any kind of genre. Romance? YA? Courtroom drama? Murder mystery? I rather suspect that the author had the idea, first and foremost, to weave a story around how
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Brandy Painter
Jun 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Wow.

Like so many people, I read this book because my book club chose it. Unlike so many people, I am not impressed. Not even a little bit. A lot of times when a book is rated this high, I tend to think it's me and not the book. But nope. This time I fully believe it's the book.

This will be ranty and in the order in which things made me want to rant. No apologies.

I should've known things weren't going to go well from the title alone. Crayfish are all over the place, but they don't sing in any of
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Emma Giordano
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I've been wanting to read this book for months!!

I keep seeing amazing reviews, there are literally 250,000+ ratings so far on here...

I should finally have my hands on it within the month according to my library waiting list (I was #200 and something... FINALLY!!)

.... and I'm DNFing it lol I can't do it.
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Yun
Jul 29, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phew, I finally made it through this book! My apologies to everyone who loved this, but unfortunately, I did not, and no one's sadder than me.

Reading Where the Crawdads Sing was like stepping back in time to high school, when class-assigned books meant lots of award-winning fiction. Sure, there were plenty of literary merit found in these pages, but little joy was actually experienced from reading them.

Starting at the age of six, Kya was slowly abandoned by everyone in her family, until she was
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Miranda Reads
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.
Kya Clark - the Marsh Girl - led a lonely life.

Her mother left her, her siblings left her, her father went out and never came home. The townspeople abhorred her and left her well-alone.

But when you are only a child yourself, how do you survive?
Kya laid her hand upon the breathing, wet earth, and the marsh became her mother.
And so Kya learns to love and live by herself.
Most of what she knew, she'd learn
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Matthew
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthew by: ~☆~Autumn♥♥☔
At the time of reading, this book seems to be the most hyped book in my Goodreads feed. Not a minute goes by without a review or update from this book popping up. If you know me, you know that no matter the type of book or the subject matter, if it is hyped I want to give it a go. With that in mind, when I started this, the only thing I knew about it was its hype – I knew zero about the story, genre, type of book, etc. I just had a cover and a title!

Did it live up to the hype?

I think it did. I w
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Diane S ☔
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MEMORABLE CHARACTERS AND MEMORABLE STORY. For me to rate a book five stars it has to give me something bout of the ordinary, make me feel. Most of all it has to be a book or contain a character or characters that I won't forget. Above all it has to make me feel. This book did all three. Kya, aka Catherine Clark, the Marsh girl is an unforgettable character, abandoned by her mother at she six, her siblings shortly after. By ten she was alone in the Marsh raising herself, her main source of comfor ...more
Elyse  Walters
Library Overdrive Audiobook... read by
Cassandra Campbell ....

Listening to this book was a ‘fantastic’ choice!!!
I plan to buy the physical book, too.
I want to re-read many of the sentences - see them in written book form...and own a book by Delia Owens. She’s a one-of-a-kind-author!!!

This book could easily become a modern classic!

The prose is so outstanding — gorgeous—
that the smells and visuals of the wildlife — made me feel as if I was there too.

— a world with no walls—
birds, nests, wate
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Julie
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a 2018 G.P. Putnam's Sons publication.
One part mystery, one part legal drama, one part coming of age story, and one part love story- equals a full heartrending poignant tale that will leave you gasping for air.

Barkley Cove, North Carolina- 1969

Kya Clark- aka- “The Marsh Girl’ has been abandoned, one by one, by every single person in her life. She lives by the seat of her pants, in a shack, eluding everyone, except a friend of her brother’s named, Tate.
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Liz
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I can’t get over how perfect this book is. The writing grabbed me from literally the first page and kept me entranced. And the story! How can your heart not help but ache for Kya? First her mother leaves, then her siblings, even her ne’er do well father. Left to her own devices by the entire town, she survives without schooling or any aid. The preacher’s wife calls her white trash and hurries her child away from Kya convinced she carries disease.

The marsh is a character in its own right. Owens
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Kevin Kuhn
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Where the Crawdads Sings” is a rich, well-written novel that, like a good southern meal, left me satisfied and content but not engrossed or astonished as the back cover promised. Maybe I’m a little burned out on young girl coming of age stories having read two others in the prior year. “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things” was more raw and honest, and “Educated” was more emotional and personal, being a memoir. Still, Owens' might be the best writer of the three, and is at her best describing the ...more
Charlotte May
I’m glad I didn’t give up. I definitely thought it improved in the second half.

3.5 ⭐️

“Go as far as you can - way out yonder where the crawdads sing.”

I was nervous to say the least when I picked this one up. Hyped books worry me now as I’ve disliked a few and people can be really nasty about it.

I got to about page 140/150 and I wasn’t enjoying it. The descriptions were wonderful but the plot was thin. I cared about the murder mystery element and Kya’s childhood. I cared a lot less about her
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
***I'M SO EXCITED TO SEE THIS BOOK MAKING THE #1 SPOT ON THE NYT Bestseller list, I knew this would be a winner***

Oh how beautifully mesmerizing this book is. I’ve moved this book to the #1 spot in my list of favorite books of 2018. Thanks to my Goodreads friends Angela and Diane for bringing this book to my attention :)

This 5* book is masterfully written, with outstanding character development. That alone would be a great book but there is much more. There is a love story and mystery woven thro
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David Putnam
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This starts out as a wonderful book well worth a five-start rating. The voice of the coming of age Kya is truly amazing. Had the craft been sustained through to the end of the book this could have easily been compared to, To Kill a Mocking Bird.
The setting is marvelous and carries the same weight as a main character. Absolutely wonderful descriptions.
The author does a magnificent job creating the character of Kya, with details that make her come alive on the page. This book would have worked fin
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Christina - Recipe & a Read
4.5 all aboard the hype train stars!!!

Full review along with a few recipes for a decadent southern fried feast featured on my blog Recipe and a Read!

When Kya Clark is 6 years old, she watches as her mother walks away from her, seemingly without a second thought. With the departure of their matriarch, the Clark family slowly but surely vanishes into the marsh that will become the only family Kya will ever know. Her siblings leave shortly after her mother, leaving Kya alone with her father who ne
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Paromjit
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredibly beautiful novel from Delia Owens, totally immersive, an ode to the natural environment and the marshes in particular. Catherine Danielle Clark, aka Kya, is 6 years old when her mother leaves their shack in the remote wilderness of the North Carolina coastal marshes, next to the town of Barkley Cove. Her family is desperately poor, and before long her siblings follow suit, abandoning her to the care of her alcoholic, neglectful and abusive father, and at 14 years old, he too ...more
Luann Ritsema
Before reading this, I suggest you take two Advil because I rolled my eyes so many times while reading this I gave myself a pounding headache.

Starts out OK though from the beginning you have to suspend logic to go along with the plot; by midpoint it falls apart into a series of cliched, trite, unsupported, silly plot points. The character development, so-called, is frankly unbelievable and downright ridiculous. I’m giving it an extra star because in the age of Trump I’m trying to be kinder in g
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Delia Owens is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa—Cry of the Kalahari, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. She currently lives in Id ...more

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