Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Book Review: No Alligators in Sight

Title No Alligators in Sight

Author Kirsten B. Feldman

Release Date September 3, 2013

In this coming of age novel, Lettie and Bert squeak by in a tiny town on Cape Cod, one parent an alcoholic and the other absent. After a string of bad decisions on Lettie’s part, their father ships them to their barely remembered mother for the summer, where they will learn hard lessons about themselves, their family, and their future by way of the Florida swamp. Throughout Lettie keeps her biting humor flowing, her razor-sharp pen at the ready, and her eye on her quest for a “normal” life.

I am almost always hesitant to agree to read a book that's independently published. I believe most book reviewers are. Sometimes, you'll find a true gem. Other times, more often than not, you find mediocre writing and a story that wasn't worth your time. Luckily, No Alligators in Sight was one of those gems.

There's two things I really enjoyed about the book. First, the characters are wonderfully developed. They come to life and feel like real people you could meet anywhere. While there was a few times that I had trouble remembering Lettie/Annie was only thirteen (I believe), it's easily understandable. She's had a difficult life since her mother left. Looking out for not only herself, but her brother, certainly will age a child well beyond their years. Secondly, the story itself is just well-written. It flowed easily and I was hooked from the very beginning.

I may have to remind myself that it's okay to take a chance on an independently published book. I'm so glad that I did for this one. It was worth the read and I do recommend it.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchanged for an honest review. *

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