Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

I gratefully received an advanced reader's copy of this novel from Net Galley and Gallery publishers in exchange for an honest review. This novel will be released on July 2, 2013.

This novel is set in 1963 Mississippi. Nine-year-old Starla is being raised by her very strict grandmother. Starla feels that she is being treated unfairly and sets off on a journey to Nashville to find her mother. Starla meets Eula, a black woman, and the two become unlikely companions on their sometimes dangerous journey.

This insomniac's opinion:

I loved the characters in this novel. Starla is spunky and unafraid to stand up for what she believes is right. But the real star of this novel was Eula. When we first meet Eula, her actions made me dislike her greatly. But, as the novel unfolded, we came to realize what true bravery and compassion  is through Eula's actions. Throughout the novel, Eula frequently talks about how scared she is, how she could never be brave. The truth, in fiction and real life, is that the bravest of us never realize just how brave they are.

Favorite quote of the book:

"My Daddy says that when you do somethin' to distract you from your worstest fears, it's like whistlin' past the graveyard. You know, making a racket to keep the scaredness and the ghosts away. He says that's how we get by sometimes. But it's not weak, like hidin' . . . it's strong. It means you're able to go on."

Worth staying up all night to read?

Yes! I loved it!

Rating: 4.5 stars

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