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Some Kind of Animal

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  131 reviews
For fans of Wilder Girls and Sadie comes a new story about two girls with a secret no one would ever believe, and the wild, desperate lengths they will go to protect each other from the outside world.

Jo lives in the same Appalachian town where her mother disappeared fifteen years ago. Everyone knows what happened to Jo's mom. She was wild, and bad things happen to girls li
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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My sister, Lee, and I don't live in the same house. My sister doesn't live in a house at all. She lives in the forest. She sleeps during the day and runs at night.
Ever since Jolene "Jo" was five, she told her aunt and her grandmother (who raised her) that she had a twin sister living in the woods.

They never believed her, but whenever Jo coul
Nilufer Ozmekik
This is surprising, unconventional, interesting, haunting supernatural thriller. But it also repetitive, nonsensical, awkward reading! At some parts you question the author’s motives to write this book because I definitely had some hard time connect with the characters and twin sister in the woods part of the story, well so sorry but I didn’t buy it and ending is also haphazard, not quite satisfying with so many unanswered or not so well answered questions, too many blank spots. But I still ackn ...more
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Some Kind of Animal was an okay book for me. At first, I didn't really have any expectations for this thing.. I just wanted to like it. Which I di.. I just wanted to like it more than I actually did. Ya know?

No idea if that makes sense, but when you meet Jolene you feel bad for her. Not going to lie, her life was completely messed up. Yet, she ends up meeting her twin during the book. Again, it was interesting but it was al
Chelsea Humphrey
May 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
This had a really great premise, but the execution fell short for me. The repetitive narrative, mixed with the ending that left much to be desired just outweighed the atmospheric writing. I would certainly give this author another try in the future, and perhaps teens and sporadic readers of the genre will find this one riveting and unique.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Celia McMahon
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks NetGalley for the chance to review this title ahead of the release date.

SOME KIND OF ANIMALS delivers on its premise. We have a girl who's secret sister Lee who lives in the woods, eats animals and talks with one-word sentences, and whom she sneaks out with nightly to run and play with. I mean, how creepy is that? Nobody believes her when things go awry and Lee makes a rare appearance in a public setting and attacks one of Jo's friends. This brings a downward spiral for Jo when she runs
Angela Staudt
Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

So, I don’t really know what I just read. Am I okay what that? Sure. This follows a fifteen-year-old girl named Jolene who has had a seriously messed up life so far. Her mother went missing when she was born and her grandmother and aunt have been raising her all her life. Jolene sees a girl one night out by the woods and realizes this girl looks just like her. She goes out and realizes it’s her feral, wild twin sister. Ever since t
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of SOME KIND OF ANIMAL by Maria Romasco Moore in exchange for my honest review.***


Instead of sleeping, Jolene spends her nights running through the woods with her feral twin sister. No one else knows about Lee’s existence. She lives among the flora and fauna, clad in Jo’s old dress, eating wild animals.

What did I just read? I’m not 100% sure.

I spend a good part of SOME KIND OF ANIMAL assuming Lee was a figment of Jo’s delusio
Mar 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-arcs
>Friendly advice: Don't waste your time or money on this book! But if you have an arc for review... Good luck! ;)

Some kind of animal drew me in with its cover and I wanted to immerse myself in a YA thriller. Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me at all. The only words that comes to my mind to describe this book are ODD and WEIRD. Sooo yeah, I'm not really sure what the point of this book was and I can't say I'm glad I read it. Halfway through, I just wanted it to end and the longer I had to spe
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
Jolene has a secret she keeps from everyone in town: she has a twin sister, Lee, who lives in the woods. As a child, she tried to tell people about her, but no one believed her, and she gradually stopped trying. But Lee is as real as it gets. When her twin sister attacks a boy from town, everyone assumes that Jo did it, and she’s suddenly forced to choose between outing her sister and letting people think the worst of her. I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Random H ...more
The premise of this is crazy! How would it be to have this secret twin sister who lives in the woods? That sounds so unbelievable, it's no wonder people in town thought Jo was lying or had some sort of mental breakdown. Jo is a complicated character, she was raised by a very religious and abusive grandmother for part of her life, then her aunt took her and treated her like a grown up. Having Lee is the one thing Jo clings to so I understand why she'd do anything for her, but it led to some prett ...more
Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children for sending me a copy of Some Kind of Animal for an honest review.

Some kind of Animal is about Jo who's mother disappeared 15 years ago. Jo who lives with her aunt truly believes she has a twin sister who lives in the woods. Every night 🌙 Jo meets her sister for a run which causes her to be really tired and suffer in her grades. One day things go really wrong and Jo and her twin are on the run.
Shannon Rochester
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this book because the premise sounded really interesting and I wanted to see where it went. Honestly, I can see that I liked this book more than most people seemed to and I really don't know why. The book follows fifteen-year-old, Jolene, who has not had the best life so far. As her mother went missing when she was born and is presumed dead, her grandmother and aunt took her into their home
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
What started out as a 4-star read for me fell short of my expectations in the second half. While I flew through the first half, it took me twice the time to get through the second. It went from a creepy small-town mystery type book to almost a survival story. And it wasn't even a great survival story; I found it pretty boring, and it dragged on for too long. At times I also had a hard time sympathizing with the main character because of how slut-shamey she acted toward her best friend. Disappoin ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ng
**I received a copy of via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Maria Romasco Moore does an excellent job introducing the characters and showing us this dysfunctional family Jo is apart of. The forest and atmosphere that’s created is really fun to read. I liked the relationship Jo had with her strange sister Lee. Jo has a pretty typical teenage relationship with her aunt Aggie, lots of tension. I liked the character that ended up telling Jo the truth about her mother.

There were a few thi
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like it but it was disappointed to say the least. Half way through the book i wanted to give up and DNF it
Wendi Lee
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an odd, captivating YA!

Jo's parents have never been in her life, gone by suspected gruesome, mysterious circumstances. She has a twin sister (Lee) who lives in the woods that no one, not even her aunt and grandmother, knows exist. After Lee attacks a local boy, Jo's own life is turned upside down, and she embarks on an epic journey that changes everything.

I really, really liked this book. There are so many interesting, strange characters in this small town without its own grocery store. I
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a stunning book. It is, perhaps, the best book I’ve ever read about Appalachian girlhood, and is important addition to the canon of Appalachian literature. Subtle and with great depth, it explores the possibilities of wildness tempered with the dangers of abandonement, and asks important questions about what it means to grow up female in the decimated parts of “the heartland.”
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

This was a wild ride. On one hand, the sheer implausibility of it (a girl with a twin no one knows about who somehow has managed to survive in the wilderness, on her own, for 10 years?) makes it a hard sell. But then, as you start to read it, you get sucked in to the story and it becomes something you can't really look away from. There are themes of feminism, striking out on y
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Thought this was along the lines of the typical genres I usually read when I read the blurb but once I started reading the book itself I learned that it definitely was not like the thrillers & suspense that I am used to reading. There was plenty of interesting mini plots within the larger one to keep my mind wanting to know what was going to happen and the characters were definitely interesting as they were developed and there was some stereotyping within the story about small towns and the peop ...more
Emily Shaw
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The concept for Some Kind of Animal is intriguing, but sadly doesn't deliver. Jolene meets her twin sister randomly in the woods, and has to keep her a secret from everyone. My biggest issue with this book is how unrealistically irresponsible ALL of the adults are. No one believes Jo about anything, no one really cares about her or any of the other characters, and even the ending is unrealistic. I
2.5/5 stars

I thought this was an okay book until about the second half. I didn't really enjoy where the plot ended up going. Some good sex positive messages for teens though.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review**

First of all, I want to say that I got a clear feeling for the setting in this book - FINALLY! I'm getting tired of these books saying they're set in some specific area and then giving me no feel for that area whatsoever. I did get a good sense in this book.

Automatically 5/5* for readability. I blew through this one and was very eager to know if this "twin sister" was real or a figment of Jo's imagination. I also wanted to know what hap
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

Jo lives in a small Appalachian town with her aunt, Aggie, in the same place where her mother, whom she never knew, disappeared. Everyone in the city knew her story. Her mother was wild, she "went bad", disappeared, maybe killed by her violent boyfriend, but now people are talking about Jo. Jo, who is always tired, who's falling her grades, who runs alone at night. But Jo isn't her mother, even though she has a secret: a twin si
Britnee Braindead
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
It gets off to a good start but the last quarter of it just seems to drone on and is quite repetitive. Plus, I know it’s fiction, I know it’s just a book, but even before the end im wondering how they intent on getting away with some of the insanely illegal stuff they do through out.
After Jo’s forest-raised twin sister attacks a boy, everything in Jo’s life changes. She is thrown into having to make a decision that no one, let alone a 15-year old, should have to make: reveal her secret sister to the world or take the heat for the attack.

I found that I was unable to connect with the characters. So many times I felt like I understood Jo, then she would do something so odd that I’d just think, ‘nope, guess not!’

This book is very different than anything else I have read. I fou
Celia Rheault
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-tbr
A different kind of plot line for a YA. I enjoyed it, though the ending didn’t feel quite as solid as the rest. Keep an eye out for this one coming August 2020!
Thank you to Netgalley, Maria, and Delacorte Press for an advance copy of Some Kind of Animal.

Don’t you get so bummed when you love a book and read through the reviews and you’re like, “…did we even read the same book, what is wrong with you people?!” because that’s how I felt about this four star debut.

Some Kind of Animal follows Jo, who lives in a small low-income town in Ohio, and the relationship she has with the people around her as well as her secret relationship with her twin sister Lee w
Keith  Blodgett
Took me a bit to read this. It would catch my attention for a while then. . . lose it as the story meandered.
In the beginning there's almost a supernatural vibe going on. Then we move off from the paranormal into a thriller. Someone's attacked for kissing Jo. No one believes there was someone else there even witnesses. Here the story changes again. Now it becomes a small town ostracising a pregnant girl, (Jo's mother) drugs, religion.
Jo, now the same age as her mother was during her troubles r
mad mags
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A weird and creepy story, no less enjoyable for its eccentricities.

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley. Content warning for child abuse, domestic violence, addiction, mental illness, and misogyny.)

I hide myself as much as I hide my sister. I hide the person I am when I’m with her. When I was a kid it was easier. How I acted in the day wasn’t much different from how I acted at night. Outside of school at least, the kids of Lester roved about, playing in the wood
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. The premise intrigued me enough to pick it up, but what I found was so much more than a thriller - SOME KIND OF ANIMAL is a wild, raw, evocative read filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing all the way to the end. Moore weaves a tight, emotionally moving narrative that ties themes of survival, sexuality, family dynamics and toxic religion into a compelling, unique mystery that unravels gradually, tantalizingly, at just the right ...more
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