I have another confession. I can’t even remember why I bought this book… but I’m glad I did!
Starting it on Monday, I couldn’t quite get into it. I started it thinking I would use it for the Popsugar prompt: True crime, but the story isn’t exactly based on the crime in question.
It is more about the people in the town in which the crime happened.
At page 177, I was hooked. I couldn’t put it down and it took me just a couple of hours to finish it.
A young, best friend duo, Mattie and Weaver, work their way through school, fight battles with outsiders and do everything in their power to help their families, even when the odds are against them.
For me, this story, despite being true, is about family values, determination and the importance of books. The enjoyment Mattie finds in reading, writing and learning new words resonates with me so strongly, and her determination to not let other people’s opinions of her hold her back is inspiring.
I wouldn’t class this book as crime, but it does address some serious issues, including race and infidelity, based in the early 1900s.
I’d rate it 3.5 stars – I enjoyed reading it but it didn’t particularly ‘move’ me.