I saw this book everywhere when it came out – on reading lists, in emails (I think from the publishing company to be honest) and it was included in Reese’s Book Club. I don’t read all the books that she recommends but she certainly recommends some great ones in my opinion. I didn’t really know what to expect but the cover art was beautiful and the story seemed really interesting so I jumped right in! And I’m so glad that I did!
Where the Crawdads Sing was an absolutely beautiful story of a fascinating girl growing up, mainly on her own, in the marshes near a town. And like small towns do, she remained an outcast and when they didn’t know anything about her, they made up rumours. This books is her coming of age and the reader gets to know who Kya is – an intelligent young girl who grows into a fascinating woman who fully inhabits her own life. It’s not one that’s understood by many and of course, society so often shuns those who are different whether they choose that or not.
Kya meets two very different boys as she grows who play different roles in her life at different times. As a reader, you see her grow and struggle and learn so much about herself but also so much about the things in life that she never had the chance to learn about until they are right in front of her. And when one of those men is found dead, a man who was the high school hero from the well connected family; Kya is accused of and charged with his murder. Is this because she’s the outcast and no one understands her way of life or did she do it?
It was such a fascinating coming of age story and so beautifully written. The marsh where Kya lives came to life for me as the reader and she so quickly became the heroine in the story as I read it. Not that she could do no wrong, but that I wanted her to succeed in the ways she longed to. I don’t want to say much more on that because I think that if you haven’t already, you should discover Kya’s story for yourself. I almost wish I read it sitting by the fire at the cottage surrounded by snow given how big a role the marsh and nature play into the story. With the weather turning to winter where I am (we’ve already two snow events so I guess we’re technically there), Where the Crawdads Sing would be a great book to read under a cozy blanket with a cup of hot cocoa.