I don’t do many book reviews on here, but when you read a book like Beyond the Bright Sea (Lauren Wolk), it’s hard to resist.
A friend recommended this book, and I picked it up at the library. As it was a middle-grade story, I wasn’t entirely sure how I would enjoy it. But any doubts I had were swiftly swept away in the vivid imagery, simple narrative, picturesque seaside, and pure heart of this story. It’s been a beautiful ride.
Characters: Oh, where to begin! Our protagonist, Crow, is so endearing. You can feel for her struggle as she searches for meaning, for connection, for her family. Her search for identity is quite real, and so the story is told through her eyes, the eyes of a young, innocent girl who simply wants to know who she is.
Miss Maggie, the neighbor. I LOVED this character. She’s so real, so tough, brave, and yet she’s also kindhearted and gentle.
Osh. I admit, for a while, he annoyed me. But eventually, I was able to look at him a little more objectively (or maybe I just started seeing through Crow’s eyes), and I liked him a lot more.
Mouse. The cat. She reminds me of my cat Cider. 🙂 The book would be oddly incomplete with her traipsing about the island.
Plot: I have no complaints. It was well-crafted, believable, mostly realistic, and it wasn’t all wrapped up at the end (no spoilers).
Writing: Simple, straightforward, and intriguing. I was held from the first page to the last simply because I became Crow’s friend. I wanted to see how her story would end. I was cheering for her. If I could write any style, it would be this one.
Conclusion: FIVE STARS
Beyond the Bright Sea, a touching story of one girl’s search for her family twelve years after she was discovered on the shore of a tiny Massachusetts island as an infant, is a don’t-miss book. I nearly missed it because it was middle-grade, but if I had let that stop me, I would have missed out on a very powerful, incredibly well-written story. And I loved that it took place on an island. It gave the whole thing a unique, almost magical feel, yet it was totally realistic, too.
But enough about my reading. What are you reading? Have you every read Beyond the Bright Sea? Do you plan to? Let’s chat in the comments! Books are just so much fun!