Friday, June 14, 2013
Books: Swamplandia, Balzac and The Curious Incident
I was absolutely sucked in by the cover and title of this book. From Amazon, "Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades." After Ava's mother gets sick, The Chief (their dad) disappears to the mainland, Kiwi, her older brother, leaves to work at a rival theme park, and her sister falls in love with a ghost. This book is a crazy story about this family's life in florida swamp, which seems so surreal to me. The life of this family is so out of reality and chaotic I really felt for little Ava. She is left to her own devices and feels responsbile for her family and her beloved Swamplandia. I didn't think I actually liked the book but the final 50 pages really sucked me in. I give it another 3.5/5 stars since it took me awhile to get in to it.