MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
The Roanoke Girls takes place in the present and the past and family stories. The bases of the book starts when 15 year old, Lane Roanoke, moves to in-the-middle-of-nowhere, Kansas with her grandparents and troubled cousin after Lane's mother commits suicide. Unknowing of her family's secret, Lane accepts her knew life as one of the Roanoke girls, until one day everything goes wrong and Lane realizes that something is very, very wrong.
Eleven years after running away from her grandparents and Kansas, Lane Roanoke returns in search of her missing cousin Allegra. Lane doesn't know what to expect but her guilt keeps her in Kansas. Being back in Kansas can mean rekindling old relationships and friendships, but it also can and will dig back up old truths and secrets Lane wants nothing more than to forget.
Well, I don't know where to begin really. This book brought so many things to light. Really important things. Things that for generations us as individuals have hidden in the closet because we we're thought that this specific issue is not to be talked about to be forgotten. To be endured quietly. To suffer and suffer alone. But we'll come back to this issue.
"Sometimes you have to hurt people just to prove that you're alive."
The Roanoke Girls. We'll talk about the writing first and foremost; it was, besides really well written, burning-ly honest, it was disturbing, written with a dry and dark sense of humor but most of all it was raw.
Yes, I described this writing with both words honest and raw...but these words have a different depth. Anybody can be honest. There are different ways and angles to honesty. There is only one way for raw and that is exposed. The perspectives from the women in this exposed themselves. Exposed they're thoughts. Exposed they're darkest feelings (yes as corny as that sounds). And they exposed an innocence that is RAW. For me this is what made the book come together.
Oh, cursing did happen in this book but that is something I ignored because the bigger picture was way more important. I will tell you that I didn't ignore or appreciate the Lord's name being taken in vain so there's that.
Now some people consider the following review to be spoilers, but how could you when the book as a whole, from start to finish, talks about this issue-deals with this issue. You find out as soon as you dive into the book. But hey you've been warned that you may think of the book to be ruined if you read the following.
If you are reading this please don't ignore this book because of the topic. The topic has been ignored enough and it's not getting any better. It keeps raining.
Why is this book such a big deal? Why is it so important? What's the secret Dela?
Molestation. Incest. Statutory Rape. Mental abuse. Emotional abuse.
"These are all things I wished I could forget."
Pick one of the following topics above and it falls into the category of closeted (don't try to be funny I'm being serious). These issues-these topics are crimes-injustices that are not taken seriously enough. And that is why this book is so important. Now I'm not saying that this book is the best book in the world and that the issues in this book are more important that others. I am saying though that the issues in this book are just as important as other issues.
"The things mothers let men do to their kids. The things mothers will turn a blind eye to."
I'm not going to get into the hows and whys of this book because then that would be spoilers. I will say though, the twists and turns in this book will have you on an emotional roller coaster (I mean my coaster consisted mainly of anger but). You feel for the women in this family and you connect to these women. You get to know their stories, the most important part.
MY OVERALL RATING:
I feel like both men and women ages 17 and up should read this book. It has an important theme that needs to be discussed. Sorry for my ramblings above but I feel strongly about this book and topic. This book is a must read.
The Roanoke Girls BLURB || source: Goodreads
Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.
After her mother's suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.
Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.
As it weaves between Lane's first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amy Engel
Amy Engel is the author of THE BOOK OF IVY young adult series. A former criminal defense attorney, she lives in Missouri with her family. THE ROANOKE GIRLS (March 7, 2017), is her first novel for adults.
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