Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

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Friends I didn’t know what to expect from this one, but it was so good. I saw everyone on bookstagram loving it and figured I’d pick up a copy and read it. This was also a Reese Witherspoon book club pick so I really wanted to pick it up after that. This book is full of beautiful writing. I was blown away by the writing and beautiful descriptions of the marsh and animals there.

Your MC is Kya, she is a little girl in the marsh living with her father. She has been abandoned by her mother and her four siblings. Everyone has always left her and she feels alone. Her father is abusive and mean, he’s also a drunk. Even at a young age, Kya understands why her family is leaving one by one, because of her father. What she can’t wrap her head around is why none of them took her with them.

She remains alone as her father comes and goes until one day he doesn’t come back. She soon realizes that she has to figure out some way to make money to care for herself and survive. She feels abandoned and lonely, wondering why everyone has left her all alone. Her entire family, the school system, the entire town as abandoned her to the marsh. She went to school one time and the children teased her so badly she decided she would never go back. The amount of abuse and neglect is so sad to watch her go through as a child and even into her teen years.

Kya soon meets Tate and they strike a friendship up by trading feathers. Time goes on and Soon after a boy the same age as Kya is found dead. The Murder Mystery is something I’m not usually into, but I found myself wanting to know more and was so involved in the story I couldn’t put the book down.

Kya’s story goes through decades. You watch her grow from a little girl to a grown woman. You watch her educate herself and become a very strong, independent, brave young woman.

One thing that stuck out to me was how the town treated her, they blamed her when they themselves claimed to be church going people never stepped in to help. They were just as to blame as her parents. They all knew she was out there alone and choose not to help when Jumpin and Mable did. The judgment that came from the townspeople is so saddening.

Now I know I keep bragging about the writing but damn it was so enchanting and just wow. Delia guides you throughout the marsh and has such a way with words and poetry. Delia never really made you think a certain way, she just guided you through and let the story tell itself.

I was really skeptical of all the hype I saw saying this book was amazing and so good, but I can tell you all the hype is worth it. I highly recommend this to everyone.

The one thing I did want to point out was content warnings obviously there are triggers for abuse, neglect, racism, but have not seen a one review yet that points out the attempted rape scene and I want to make sure that if you are not comfortable reading those types of scenes then I would skip this one.

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