The following is an honest review of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and my suggested age rating.
Summary of Where the Crawdads Sing
Where the Crawdads Sing follows its main character Kya. Kya lives deep in the marshes of North Carolina with her family who, one by one, leave her to survive completely on her own. With nothing but instincts, she learns to live on the marsh by trading various things she finds there for necessities in town. Despite all this, she grows up lonely and longing for human interaction. Over time she befriends a boy and then another. These relationships never go the way she hopes and she begins to think she is destined to be alone.
Despite all her obstacles, she uses her knowledge of the marshland to make something of herself. Quickly her happiness is shaken when she finds herself at the center of a murder trial and the town’s prejudices against her on full display. Will Kya ever truly be free? Will everyone in her life only continue to leave her in some way?
Review of Where the Crawdads Sing
From the very first chapter I knew I was going to fall in love with this book. Delia Owens’ writing style is beautiful and poetic. Her words truly like a paint brush creating a world for its readers to be lost in. I was hooked from the beginning and stayed the entire time. I found myself feeling I was reading a memoir because Kya and the life she shared seemed just so real. This book cannot even really be categorized because it has everything rolled into it: drama, historical elements, romance, comedy, murder/mystery…..how is that even possible? And how from a debut author? I cannot gush enough about this book and even begin to capture how much I love it. This book had me thinking about it days after I finished it. It is everything a stand alone novel should be.
I rated this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.
Age Rating for Where the Crawdads Sing
This book contains adult themes involving Kya’s family such as verbal and physical abuse and alcoholism. It also contains some language, violence, murder, and sexual content as well as an attempted rape. I would give this book a suggested age rating of 17+.
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