Saturday, January 10, 2015

Property Of by Alice Hoffman

Book Summary(via Goodreads):

The Night of the Wolf. On the Avenue in the bleak area where New York City blends into suburbia, the Orphans, their fast Fords and their Chevys 'coated by ice and leather and white dust', prepare to engage in deadly, intricately structured games of combat. It is a world of grotesque, horrifying violence, fear, bravado and drugs, redeemed in the minds of its inhabitants by codes of honour, by chivalrous intentions and by the purity of their struggle for power, dominance, territory. This is the setting of Alice Hoffman's unsparing and unsentimental novel. Her heroine, 17 years old, quick witted yet vulnerable, falls helplessly in love with McKay, the Orphan's 22 year old president and their doomed love story is told in desperate counterpoint to the punk lyrical flippancies of throbbing car radios and jukes.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Open Road Media for the advanced reader copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***

This insomniac's opinion: 

Ugh. This is one of those novels that probably should have been a short story. It started out with such promise and then petered out as it went along. I honestly wasn't sure if I could finish it. Very unlike the bulk of Hoffman's work. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

Not really. 


3 stars, if I'm being generous. 

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