I finished reading About a Girl by Sarah McCarry a few days ago. Very briefly, I did not like it as much as the first two books in the Metamorphoses trilogy.
This final book felt rushed. McCarry had some great characters and potentially a very engaging story but for me, personally, it moved way too fast. I wish she spent more time developing the characters and story lines.
Oddly, despite the seemingly condensed story, she uses a great deal of extra words. Her writing is visual and highly descriptive (and I like this, it reminds me of Gaiman and I love Gaiman) but this book seemed needlessly wordy. In addition, while protagonist Tally was set up early on as a precocious, highly intelligent teenager, I struggled with her choice of words as well. I wanted to place her in the world of today’s teenagers and I could not do so. Something seemed off. Keep in mind I am parenting teenagers.
Early on we learn that Tally is on a quest for her biological parents. She was abandoned at birth on the door step of her “aunt”. Aunt (along with an amusing cast of characters) successfully raises Tally but as is often the case with individuals that have been abandoned/adopted/insert your own word here, she is not told much about her early beginnings. At the age of 18, when her Aunt is out of town, Tally leaves Brooklyn for Seattle to find her roots.
It may seem to resemble an adoption search to some. It is not. There is more focus on the individuals Tally meets and the experiences she has in the Northwest. Consider it classic search for answers to the question of where she came from meets mythological creatures.
You do not have to read the first two books in the trilogy to enjoy this one. However, if you do, trust that questions you may have had from the first two are answered in the final one.
Important to note that McCarry targets the YA (14-17 year old) demographic. Being I am thirty years beyond that, my commentary should be taken very lightly. I can see teenagers being far less critical.
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Next up for me (in no particular order and not all adoption themed):