When We Were Vikings
Sometimes life isn’t as simple as heroes and villains.
For Zelda, a twenty-one-year-old Viking enthusiast who lives with her older brother, Gert, life is best lived with some basic rules:
1. A smile means “thank you for doing something small that I liked.”
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“I told him that I was used to it. “ ...more
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WHEN WE WERE VIKINGS is a book that has a very interesting premise but is potentially problematic in a lot of ways. I breezed through it pretty quickly-- normally a good sign-- but when I finished, I found that I had a really bad taste in my mouth. Something about the book really didn't sit right with me. I finished the book on my lunch break and spent the rest of the day with my thoughts on the back burner, trying to figure out, what, ...more
by Bryn Greenwood
As a reader, I'm always looking for the same things that attract me as a writer. I love stories that are outside the mainstream, about people who, in other books, might be relegated to sidekicks or one-dimensional sources of inspiration. When We Were Vikings hit that sweet spot for me.
Zelda is an older teenager on the fetal alcohol spectrum, but she is nobody's disability inspiration. She sees herself as a modern-day Viking with a sacred duty to protect her family, ...more
Zelda lives with her older brother, Gert, who has ...more
Not normally the kind of book that I would jump all over. I actually have no clue what made me want to read this book but whatever/whoever it was...thank you!!
Zelda is a character that is different. Zelda is a character that I wish the world had more of. She is honest, outspoken for her tribe and knows what she wants. In this story we get to go with her on her quest for a bit.
Zelda lives with her big brother Gert. She goes to the ...more
Luckily she has the support of Gert's girlfriend, AK47, her doctor and the Community Center she ...more
Wow, what a good read. A story I was into, with real daily life problems being address by an unlikely heroine you can only root for, with her Viking philosophies quick at hand and a desire to write her own legend.
I’d certainly compare this to the Curious Incident of the Dog inasmuch as a young, mentally different protagonist leads the story, and the blunt narration made it easy but also immersive to read… But this was a young woman’s story, one I was infinitely ...more
It would be easy to make her FAS the main adversary in the story, or perhaps vilify her ...more
This was an interesting, enjoyable, and honestly, empowering book! MacDonald gives us the story of Zelda, a young adult on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum, who loves Vikings, honor, legends, and wants to have sex with her boyfriend Marxy, who is bit less independent as her. Zelda grapples with her desires to be like the legends of old, while dealing with problems at home that show how classic stories of good and evil are more complex in real life. Her ...more
If you haven't already picked this gem up, the novel is centre around Zelda, a high functioning young adult diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The heroic heroine is a viking enthusiast and uses "Kepple's Guide to the Vikings", a book Zelda reads obsessively as a handbook to her everyday life. The smooth and easy read told in Zelda's perspective is a phenomenal coming-to-age story filled with love, legends, and self-discovery. It was a pull at the heartstrings type of story that further ...more
Zelda lives with her older brother, Gert, and they operate by a set of rules. These rules, inspired by her idols, the Vikings, make life run smoothly for Zelda, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. The siblings lives aren't great, but things are all right - at least they are until Zelda figures out that Gert has been supporting them with wages he gets from being in the local gang. Greatly upset, Zelda turns to the few people she ...more
Thank you @simonschusterca for sending me a copy of When We Were Vikings by Andrew David Macdonald for an honest review. On sale January 28, 2020.
When We Were Vikings is told from the viewpoint of Zelda, a 21 year old high functioning young woman with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. She is interested in Vikings, and proving to her brother that she is capable of much more than is expected of her. Reading from her viewpoint made this a fascinating and complex read.
One thing I would love to know ...more
By: Andrew David MacDonald
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Format: Physical Book
Zelda is a Viking enthusiast with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She lives with her brother Gert and has rules to live by. When Zelda discovers Gert has not been honorable- she determines to go on her own quest to be legendary. She takes what she knows about Vikings to assist her with her quest. Zelda encounters many villains and hardships along the way- but what hero doesn’t?
I enjoyed this ...more
Is this a YA novel? Perhaps. Didn't much matter to me, nor would it change my opinion. I am in the distinct minority of readers--who raved.
About love and family. Zelda, a 21-year old woman with fetal alcohol syndrome is under her brother, Gert's care. She's obsessed with the Viking world. Zelda has limitations; but is "high ...more
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