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
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
Phoebe Strole/ ebook sync.
I’m not an enthusiastic Viking - reader - in any shape or form. I trusted other readers that this book had very little to do with Vikings, but it was still too much for me.
I wasn’t interested in Zelda’s tribe, or dressing correctly to get into character.
Even with a - somewhat lovable character,
....Zelda, a high functioning 21-year-old with fetal alcohol syndrome.... I just didn’t really enjoy the story.
Zelda is an unreliable character >> ...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
It would be easy to make her FAS the main adversary in the story, or perhaps vilify her ...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
Things this book is not: Light, easy, simple, purely humorous.
Things this book is: Endearing, heartwarming, sad, hopeful, quirky, wonderful. I fell in love with Zelda and her tribe. Some of the portions of the book made my heart hurt and some of the themes are dark. But oh man...does love ever win. This for sure earned a spot in my "favorites of up lit".
Similar to Eleanor Oliphant, our heroine will make you root for her and the pages will fly as you are praying that Zelda gets her happy ending. ...more
Zelda has fetal alcohol syndrome, a result of her mother drinking heavily while pregnant. In her early twenties, Zelda lives with her older brother Gert, both parents have passed and after escaping an asshole uncle they ...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 love the Netflix series Atypical, this book is for you. Zelda was born on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum. While she struggles with certain cognitive functioning, she wants to earn her independence. She wants to be legendary.
Parts of this book had me laughing out loud, and other parts had me cringing. When Zelda’s brother gets involved with the wrong crowd, how will ...more
So, what didn’t I like? Zelda and disabled friend Marxy are on the cusp of adulthood and are quite focused on a plan to ‘do it’ for the first time. It was hard getting through these pages - uncomfortable and a recurrant ...more
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