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
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
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
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
First and foremost, this is a simple book of strength, love, sacrifice and family. Twenty-one year old Zelda was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. After a rough start to life, we meet her living with her brother Gert and she is wonderfully obsessed with Vikings. Gert is having trouble supporting the two of them which causes trouble for him and everyone around him. Zelda takes ...more
Andrew David McDonald writes "When We Were Vikings" with the same charm as other books featuring a protagonist who is "different." This story, though, is much darker.
Zelda loves vikings. She knows the sagas, the language and the importance of the hero's journey. Her tribe includes an older brother dubbed by others as an angry thug, his former girlfriend who is Zelda's best friend and her friends at the ...more
I found the first half of the book to be the best, after that things got a bit "tidy".
I received an ARC from NetGalley publisher Simon Schuster in exchange for my honest review.
Writing: 4/5 Plot: 4.5/5 Character: 5/5
21-year old Zelda is obsessed with Vikings. Drawing inspiration from Viking lore, she is writing (and living) her own legend, tackling life with courage and loyalty to her tribe. She was also born on the fetal alcohol syndrome spectrum (FASD) and is aware of needing to take things slowly, ...more
When We Were Vikings
by Andrew David MacDonald
I adored this book. It is beautifully written, tells a terrific story, has some wonderful characters, especially the truly marvelous Zelda, a twenty-one-year-old Viking enthusiast who shares her story with us. I can only hope that author Andrew David MacDomald has a sequel on the way. I read this book courtesy of the author, NetGallery and publisher Pocket Books. In exchange for an honest review. That's easy: READ THIS BOOK! You will not regret ...more
I'd like to thank Scout Press/Simon & Schuster for providing me with an Advanced Readers Edition of this book for me to read and review.
Although there's pretty mature, triggering topics explored, the book is appropriate for Young Adult and older, and it's one everyone should read. We get an intimate, ...more
This book is beautiful, silly, scary, real, you name it...It had me on a roller coaster of emotions the entire time.
When We Were Vikings tells the story of Zelda, a 21-year-old girl who is on the fetal alcohol spectrum. She lives with her brother Gert, who runs with the wrong crowd but does so in order to provide for himself and Zelda. Zelda is a viking enthusiast, and uses a book about vikings as a handbook to life. She follows the rules of ...more
The story is told from the point of view of Zelda, a woman who was born with mental defects due to her mother’s alcoholism during pregnancy. Zelda lives with her older brother, Gert, who does his best to take care of her, but is having a hard time taking care of himself. Zelda loves Viking legends and decides that she needs to become legendary by fighting villains, going on quests, and even earning the love of a fair maiden.
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