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Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
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Jul 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: historical, read-on-kindle, 2012-release, first-novels
Read from July 01 to 06, 2012

I liked this a lot - much more than I expected to, in fact - but for some reason I am finding it exceptionally difficult to come up with anything to say in a review. In the beginning I thought it was going to be a stereotypical tearjerker, overtly and unnecessarily sentimental, and I was kind of right - but in a good way (yes, it made me cry). The subject of AIDS is sensitively handled and the narrative doesn't shy away from portraying the ignorance and hysteria that surrounded the disease in the 1980s, even where the central characters' perceptions of it are concerned. But the author's real triumph here is in the creation of the protagonist, June - the story provides a completely believable, fully rounded portrait of a lonely, awkward, misfit teenager. I identified with June so keenly it was almost painful, and so many aspects of her experience brought memories hurtling back. I loved how determined, (quietly) difficult and brave June was, and I loved her fierce love for Finn and Toby. I loved the depiction of June and Greta's relationship and the slow stripping away of Greta's 'mean girl' persona. This is a book I will be reading again, and it's an excellent debut.

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karen hey! a namedrop! thank you!

Mariah Our Diversity in All Forms Book Club is reading this for December. We’d love to have you join the discussion on it. :)

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