Some of the best things in life come when you’re not planning on them. It’s important to see them for the gift they are.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I would first like to thank this author’s publisher for sending me Susan’s book! Now, before I give my review, look at this amazing book cover!
This story is told through the voice of 9 year old Starla. Her southern-twang voice made me have to read some parts of the story out loud in this accent, it was to great no to! Starla is a girl, most like any 9 year old’s who dreams of going to the carnival, building forts and trying her best to stay out of trouble, which usually doesn’t work out for her, some say it’s her red hair. Starla lives with her grandma, her mother ran off to be a country singer and her dad works for an oil rig. All the while, she thinks of ways she will die because of how she is being “mis-treated,” and most of all, she wants to be reunited with her mother.
There is a touch of suspense in this book, simply because the story becomes so complicated with the entrance of Eula. While ‘running away’ to Nashville to find her mother, Starla is picked up off the road by Eula who has a little baby boy with her as well. It is this decision that alters her life forever, shedding light on the world outside Starla’s quiet, safe home. Despite her young age, by the time Starla reaches the end of her long and harrowing journey she has discovered and experienced more than most adults do in a lifetime. Crandall details life in the South without holding back any of the darker, harsher realities of segregation and racial tension. As I read and was reminded of things such as the Jim Crow laws, Martin Luther King, Jr’s march, and the struggles of the civil rights movement in the South during this time, I noticed that pieces were falling into place quite nicely. So, I just sat back and enjoyed the ride.
I loved this book. I think it would make a great book club book, a fantastic summer or winter read, and it carries a message with such beautiful, poignant humor that I think it will strike a chord in every reader that also falls for it’s beautiful cover! Keep an eye out, Susan Crandall is going to be my featured author of the month in March!