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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dark Song (YA)



#36 Book Read in 2012
Dark Song (YA)


I love the writing of Gail Giles.  I have read all of her books and have not been disappointed yet.


In Dark Song, Giles tells the tale of a family in shambles after the father is fired from his job for illegal doings.  The mother carries around baggage from her childhood and cannot deal with financial stress.  The two daughters are just trying to figure out what is going on.  The oldest daughter, Ames, responds with anger and rebellion to the changes in her family environment.  When the family moves to Texas, Ames hooks up with Marc, an older boy with a rather unhealthy obsession with firearms.  Ames is so desperate to find someone to take care of her that she does not realize at first how dangerous Marc can be.


This book was a good read; I was hooked to see how it would end up.  Most of the characters, except for the youngest daughter and Em's stepfather Earl, are unsympathetic because they all have negative traits.  But somehow, readers will be interested in them and what happens to them.  Giles is a masterful storyteller.



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