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Some Kind of Animal

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  34 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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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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 ...more
Candace Robinson
This one was hard for me to connect with the characters, but I really liked the atmosphere and writing.
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
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
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
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ng, 2020-release
**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
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
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
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
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
Lindsay (TheLiteraryWife)
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
**Many thinks to Netgalley for my complimentary copy of Some kind of animal in exchange for an honest review!**

Jolene spends her nights running the woods with her wild, feral, SECRET twin sister. Jo’s sister has survived on her own in the thick woods of Oregon, all alone for years, hunting small animals for food and depending on her sister for companionship.

First of all...WHAT is going on here? I had so many questions going into this book, and I loved every answer I received. What a twisty,
Joanna Bennett
Honestly have no idea what to make of what I just read, haha.

Review to Come.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book.

Jo has lived with her aunt since her mother disappeared when she was a baby. Living without a mom is hard enough, but worse when you have a twin sister no one else knows about that lives in the woods. Jo runs with Lee at night, trying to get to know her and learn more about her mother's mysterious disappearance.

This book was weird. It was long, and at times really dragged on. None of the characters were particularly
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
**My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Jolene(Jo) is an unhappy fifteen-year-old girl, haunted by the ghosts of her parent's sins and the agonizing reality of not knowing the truth of where she came from. She also holds another secret: Her sister, Lee. A feral child who runs the woods at night. When Jo's responsibilities force her to choose between her nightly runs with Lee and being able to grow into a position where she can finally
This review is based on an ARC of Some Kind of Animal courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Random House Children's/Delacorte Press).

On the whole I enjoyed this book! It was a fun, fast-paced, and interesting story, different from much of the YA I've read. The more gritty, edgy, angsty vibes reminded me a lot of Lauren Myracle's Shine --a book that wowed me with its harsh realism and clarity.

Moore's prose is lilting and beautiful and so imaginative and just plain pretty! The novel is easy
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Random House Children's - Delacorte Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

My mouth was wide open at the end of this book and the plot twists and conflicts were so thrilling that I could not stop reading and this book was one of the only few books I read in less than 20 minutes. Some Kind of Animal tells the story of Jo who lives in the woods after the disappearance of her mother. There
Kaitlin Boswell
This book had a unique premise and turned out to be a fast-paced read. For the most part I found it enjoyable. The damaged, familial relationships were believeable and logical toward the progression of the story. This is definitely better suited for juveniles as the writing fell more on the simplistic side. But I don't think that took away grom the story. One of my favorite characters was actually the pastor because of his unexpected kindness toward Jo. Without spoilers, I will admit that there ...more
Bailey Peters
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a strange and unexpected gem of a book! When I was in high school sociology many moons ago, I remember being fascinated by accounts of children that grew up wild in the woods. In Some Kind of Animal, the main character's twin sister has lived such a life. Jo grows up with her aunt, going to school and doing things you'd expect of other teenage girls. Lee grows up wild in the woods, doing what she has to in order to survive. (Some of the depictions of her behavior are not for the faint of ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This book totally consumed me! When I wasn’t reading I was either thinking about the book or wondering when the next time I could read was.

I really liked Jo as a main character. She is a 15 year old girl from a small town being raised by her aunt. She is both haunted by her deceased mother’s reputation and frustrated by the lack of information surrounding her death. She is also on the cusp of early adulthood and boys have started to threaten the friendship between her and her best friend.

Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of all, thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Jolene spends her nights running through the woods with her twin sister, Lee. Lee, clad in Jo's ratty old dress, lives amongst the fauna, munching on animals. From what the reader can see, Lee is a figment of Jo's imagination. Abandoned by her 15 year-old mentally ill mother, Jo suffers from delusions,isolation, instability, and a barrage of school and family problems.

Working at her aunt's bar,
Ashly Thomas
Feb 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Ok, I apologize to this author. I just could not no matter how hard I tried, get into this book. There was almost no plot or character development. From the first page it felt like I was starting in the middle of story. So much so, that I actually made sure this was not a sequel or part to or some type of continuation. Which by the way it is not. There was no flow, the plot was barely there and the total lack of character or plot development was actually pretty sad. I was pretty excited because ...more
Lisa Konet
This book was something new and refreshing in the thriller/suspense world and I am thankful for that as a reader. This had me interested from start to finish and the twists were good even though it was hard to be connected to the characters at times. But overall, this was great and different.

When one daughter starts to act differently but there is a reason for it; plain exhausted from night activities in order to see her wild twin sister in the woods while still keeping appearances in her own
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jolene has a twin who lives in the woods. The trouble with that is, no one believes her. Lee, her twin is practically feral, hunting wild animals and eating them raw, running through the woods and living in caves. As Jolene starts to unravel the mystery around her sisters existence, things start to fall apart. People get hurt. People die.

This book kept me reading. It kept me wondering. Growing up and living in a small town very much like Jolene, I strongly understood where she was coming from a
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
first off I would like to thank Netgalley, Delacorte Press, and Maria Romasco Moore for giving me the arc to read.

This was such a captivating story to read. When one thing would be revealed it would only lead to more questions which made me keep reading to see what happened next. It was so satisfying to see certain things happen and how they fit into the story in a realistic manner

My only real complaint about this book was that it was hard to sympathize with the characters. because of that, I
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
***Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Expected release date August 4, 2020.***

I loved the premise of this book – creepy atmosphere, characters that you both love and hate depending on the situation, typical small-town mentality, and the like.

However, as much as I tried, I never *got* into the story. Similar to a previous reviewer’s statement, I felt like I was dropped into the middle of a story or series and didn’t
Liz Chambliss
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
First I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book.

While I was intrigued by the story, it still took me awhile to read it. I guess none of the characters really spoke to me. It was definitely an interesting story that kept me coming back for more. But I was certainly glad when it was over and I could move on. I would still recommend it to readers, and I look for growth from the author.
Mackenzie Finley
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Thanks to NetGalley for giving me this book to review for my honest opinion* This book had me hooked! I read it within 24 hours of recieving it. I really felt like I was right in the book running through the forest. I was caught up in Jo's story, what was real, what was a lie, and what the actual truth was. Great vivid imagery throughout the book made the experience that much more fulfilling. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next book by this author!
Zoe Elizabeth
This was a fun read. For a while I wasn't quite sure how it was going to play out, but I really enjoyed how the plot progressed. The characters felt true and real. They had moments where they were annoying, but overall, I always felt like I could understand why they made the decisions that they did. Overall it was an enjoyable YA thriller.

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Rylea Thomas
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was AMAZING! It was everything that I wanted it to be! I honestly could not put this book down, I have bags under my eyes from staying up late reading! I will definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
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