The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
What’s it about?
Lane is 15 years-old when her mother commits suicide and she is sent to live with her grandparents, and cousin Allegra, on their large rural estate in Kansas. Lane spends one long hot summer in Kansas and learns all about her family. Years later she is drawn back by Allegra’s sudden disappearance.
What did it make me think about?
This book just flies by! This is one messed up family, but it makes for a quick fun book. I was rooting for Lane and that is what makes this whole story work.
Should I read it?
This would be a great beach or travel book. It is plot driven but also has good characters. Amy Engle has previously written YA books. I see that influence in this novel- she keeps our attention. This novel is filled with sex, incest, and mystery. You certainly will want to know what happened to Allegra...
“No one had to explain to me the power our childhoods had over us, even when we fought like hell against them.”
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The Nest by Cynthia D"Aprix Sweeney
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
7 1/2 stars
best of summer/ fall 2018
best of winter/spring 2017-18
best of spring/summer 2017
best of winter
best of summer 2014
last spring favorites
on my nightstand
edge of your seat
― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!