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The Hallelujah Side by Rhoda Huffey
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Jun 02, 2008

it was ok
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Comes close to being a very good, funny book. But the limited viewpoint of the narrator comes off as a constraint.

The perspective is limited to that of Roxanne Fish, a young girl who believes the Rapture is coming any day now. Probably tonight. Her naivete coupled with the extent to which her family and neighbors are crazy make for what should be a rollicking romp through growing up in the 50s in an evangelical household. But much of it is just confusing. And because Roxanne has no perspective on any of it, it's hard for the reader to get enough of some of the things/people external to Roxanne (especially her mother) to develop our own perspective. We're just swept along with whatever Roxanne does.

It's intriguing and enjoyable, but flawed. I'd give it two and a half stars if I could.
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