Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

Lisa Clair '21, Life and Style Editor

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Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, is a Southern Fictional Novel depicting themes of aban- donment, trust and perse- verence. Specifically tak- ing place in Barkely Cove, NC, the novel alternates be- tween two time periods and plots: The first plot is of our protagonsit, Kya Clark; this plot covers her abandond- ed childhood in the North Carolina coast, her adapta- tions she makes in raising herself, and her romantic life (1950s-1960s). The second plot is fixed in the mid 1960s; this storyline is centered around a mysteri- ous murder of the hand- some and popular Chase Andrews. Unfortunatley fro Kya, she is the main sus- pect…

Easily the most intrigu- ing character in this story to follow is Kya. Though this may seem obvious be- cause she is the protagonist of the book, reading about her fictional life gives the reader an optimistic out- look on her grim childhood. Though she is abandoned at a very young age, her strong connection to nature and positive outlook on life makes the reader notice and care deeply about the small, beautiful details throughout the novel.

The only downside to this book that I can think of is the amount of mental investment this book re- quires. Though this book is a quick read, it is not a book you can float in and out of reading. It has enough in- formation and is just dense eough that it requires a moderate amount of atten- tion. As good of a book as it is, it is very difficult to balance on top of a college schedule.

I found this book gripping from the start. It strikes the perfect balance between beign chock-full of descrip- tion and emotion, while also being a quick, easy and entertaining read. This book contains romance, mystery, comedy, and tradgedy all rolled up into one. If you are looking for a recreational read and have the time to become deeply invested in a novel for a few days, I highly recommend this book!

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