Thursday, July 28, 2016
Book Review: "The Flood Girls" by Richard Fifield
The promise of small town charm made this book appealing to me. That and the absurd and funny blurb on the jacket... and this book is absurd and funny with plenty of charm. I just kind of went with it, not realizing just how enamored I was becoming with the characters - Jake especially. He's just trying to make it in this small town until he can really be himself in the city. The only thing is that his stepfather has fallen under the spell of the new cultish church in town and cannot deal with Jake's fashion or hobbies that don't fit his idea of what a boy should do and like. It is heartbreaking how Bert controls Jake's mother and is just plain awful to Jake. But Jake has plenty of allies in town as well, and I loved that. In fact, there is a full cast of unique characters here that are all pretty awesome in their own way.
The book almost lost me in the middle. I just couldn't see where it was going, and while it was certainly enjoyable enough along the way... something needed to happen. And wow, even though I thought I was prepared, I just wasn't. I am really glad I stayed with it until the end... because the ending was perfect.
The Flood Girls
by Richard Fifield
Gallery Books, 2016