Wednesday, 2 September 2015

GOTHIC REVIEW: When We Were Animals - Joshua Gaylord

Release Date: 03/09/15
Publisher:  Del Rey


The truth is, nobody knew why it happened this way, but in the town where I grew up, when the boys and girls reached a certain age, the parents locked themselves up in their houses, and the teenagers ran wild...

As a well-behaved and over-achieving teenager, Lumen Fowler knows she is different. While the rest of her peers are falling beneath the sway of her community's darkest rite of passage, she resists, choosing to hole herself up in her room with only books for company.

For Lumen has a secret. Her mother never 'breached' and she knows she won’t either. But as she investigates the town’s strange traditions and unearths stories from her family’s past, she soon realises she may not know herself – or her wild side – at all...

A gothic coming-of-age tale for modern times, When We Were Animals is a dark, provocative journey of self discovery


To be honest this was one of those types of books that you have to sit down and digest it over a few days upon completion just to you can make sure that when you write the review its not off the top of your head and you forget something that really struck you within the pages.

This book, is definitely a title that many readers need to take the time out to read as its not only very well written but the descriptive prose worked wonders in imparting the principle characters point of view of her past and how it shaped her future. It also has some cracking dialogue and with an overall arc that takes you on a coming of age story, really will be a book that will stay with you a long time after that final page is turned. Cracking.

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