I loved the writing of The Roanoke Girls. I don’t really know how to explain it other than once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. The story pulled me in. When Lane is just 15 her mother commits suicide and she goes to live with her grandparents and her cousin, Allegra, in Kansas. Her grandparents (The Roanoke’s) are rich, and they live in this (sort of creepy) mansion that they’ve lived in forever, adding on when they needed to. Allegra is ecstatic that Lane is there, her new friend, nearly like a sister! But things are a little weird in the house. Especially if you’re a Roanoke girl.
Sorry if this review contains spoilers for anyone, but I feel like once you read the first few chapters you have a pretty firm grasp about the abuse and the dysfunctional family. The only thing you don’t know is what happened to Allegra. Which I wanted to know and that part I won’t say any more about.
All in all, I’m so conflicted about how I feel about this book. I really did like the writing style. I didn’t like how much Lane depending on sex as a coping mechanism for what had happened in the Roanoke household. I didn’t like that she was sort of a b*tch the entire story. I didn’t like this book because it did trigger me, but even more than being triggered I was simply disturbed by the story. And like I said, I’m sure this book will be a great fit for some people, but it wasn’t for me. Even though I did end up finishing it.
I still have no idea how I feel about this one. I’m not even sure how many stars to give it, maybe 3. I don’t know, though. Have you read this book yet? What did you think??
Oh, just remembered, one last thought. “I know running doesn’t get you anywhere. You can’t outrun what’s inside of you. You can only acknowledge it, work around it, try to turn it into something better. I may not know exactly where I’m headed, but this time I’m choosing my own destiny.” LOVE LOVE LOVE this line. Okay, now I’m done.
If you are interested in reading this one, you can buy it on Amazon today. Also, here’s some info about the author, Amy Engel (she also has a YA series that I’ve been wanting to read, and I’ve heard good things about that so I may read them in the future. I’ll keep you posted on how those books are.)
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