June 2, 2014

Tell The Wolves I'm Home


TITLE: TELL THE WOLVES I'M HOME
AUTHOR: CAROL RIFKA BRUNT
NARRATOR: JUNE, FIRST PERSON
PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE, 2012
GENRE: FICTION
SOURCE: TARGET
REVIEW: 1 STAR OUT OF 5

Tell The Wolves I'm Home is probably one of the most boring books I have ever attempted to read. To top it all off, the story is disturbing. This book is about a fourteen year old girl named June whose uncle just died of AIDS. She has a weird obsession with her dead uncle, Finn, and it seems as though she may have had inappropriate feelings for him while he was alive. Finn had a "special" friend named Toby. Toby, a man who is roughly thirty years of age, reaches out to June after Finn's death and writes her a letter in which he explains that he thinks they should meet in order to bond over the death of Finn (basically) and to not mention anything about it to her parents. Um, creepy. Neither of them have a social life or anything remotely interesting about them. It's hard to sympathize with characters who aren't likable. They did meet, and well, it was awkward. How else can I describe it? Toby is desperate and June is naive. I've read several books with slow beginnings, but this one tops them all. I don't even care what happens next. All of the characters, including June's family members, are just so impersonal and dull.

I did not finish reading this book. I have way too many books on my to-read list and I just don't have the energy to force myself through a book I don't find interesting. I wanted to give this book, or at least the first one hundred pages, zero stars to be quite honest. The only reason why I gave this book one star is because I actually do like Carol Rifka Brunt's style of writing. However, I cannot recommend this book. This just wasn't my cup of tea.

CHARLENE ZALE

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