Interpreting the Isolated Life of the Marsh Girl

Hi guys, welcome back to another book review. It’s a little difficult to decide exactly where to start for this book review. I feel like Lenny Bruce was easier to talk about because it was an autobiography; I wouldn’t be giving anything away or any spoilers.

My curiosity peaked when I first discovered Where the Crawdad Sings on Amazon, holding over 32,000 4 star & up reviews. After reading the synopsis, I wasn’t sure if it would be a genre I would enjoy, but the reviews I read all convince me to read it.

The book takes place from the mid 50’s-early 70’s, following its protagonist, Kya, through her early development of a lonely life, and why many refer to her as the marsh girl.

In the beginning, I was a little doubtful. I couldn’t get absorbed into the story (but how could 32,000 people rave about a boring book?)

After the story started picking up about a quarter of the way through, it was impossible for me to put it down. Was Kya really as strange as everyone had been led to believe? Or was it because living alone in the marsh away from much civilization was all she had known? But more importantly, did she in fact murder the town’s star athlete and heartthrob Chase Andrews?

Flipping page after page, I was in awe of the woman Kya had become. How she overcame some of the most difficult obstacles for a young girl and the creative ways she learned to support herself is truly admirable.

I would highly recommend this book to any and every reader. You’ll be fascinated with the twists and turns of this story.

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