4 out of 4 stars
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I read this book over the past few days. I've rated it a 4 out of 4 stars. I very thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is not one that I probably would've picked to read on my own but I am very glad it was April's book of the month, which led me to read it.
The book was set in the time period after WWI. The main character was a young girl, Natalie, that was half-Aboriginal and the book was in the year she turned 16. Natalie was a poor young girl in a family of 6, her maternal grandfather also lived in the home. Natalie is the oldest child, her younger brother also half-Aboriginal but her 2 half-sisters are not. The book details the difficulties associated with race, poverty, alcoholism, among many other things. Natalie has a job with a prominent family that plays quite a large role in the book as well.
I enjoyed the setting. I felt like the author did a great job with explaining the differences in landscape, culture, and time period. There were some sayings and words that I had to look up because I had no idea what they meant, which I quite enjoy. I liked how Natalie was a fighter, a young lady that wasn't afraid to stand up for herself and her siblings. The author did a very good job portraying the characters and setting and telling the story. I felt like the book flowed well with just the right combination of intrigue and explanation. I also liked that when speaking of unpleasant things, the author made clear the intentions without being vulgar. I loved the relationship that Natalie had with her mother, it seemed appropriate to her age. I liked that Natalie realized how much knowledge and joy we can find in the elderly generation with her grandfather.
There really wasn't much I didn't like about this book. It could've been longer and given more of the story I suppose, but then it may have felt drawn out.
I will likely read this book again, I enjoyed it that much. It definitely was worthy of being the book of the month. I look forward to more work from this artist. I read through it quite quickly, it really kept my attention and I was looking forward to when I could get back to reading it. This was one of those books that keep you up late at night trying to finish it.
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