Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Book Review: No Alligators in Sight by Kirsten B. Feldman

Title: No Alligators in Sight
Author: Kirsten B. Feldman 
Publisher: KBFeldman Books
Published: November 25th 2013

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble /  Website

Synopsis: In this coming of age novel, Lettie and Bert squeak by in a tiny town on Cape Cod, one parent an alcoholic and the other absent. After a string of bad decisions on Lettie’s part, their father ships them to their barely remembered mother for the summer, where they will learn hard lessons about themselves, their family, and their future by way of the Florida swamp. Throughout Lettie keeps her biting humor flowing, her razor-sharp pen at the ready, and her eye on her quest for a “normal” life.

My Review: No Alligators in Sight is the coming of age novel of a girl in the middle of an unconventional family growing up way before her time.

Leticia, Lettie or Annie, depending on who you ask, has had to grow up way before she should. At the age of thirteen she is raising her kid brother while her dad drinks his troubles away and her mom is nowhere to found.

After the abandonment of their mother at such a young age Bert, Lettie's brother, and Lettie herself have learned to rely on only each other. 

When Lettie gets in trouble and is sent to live with her mother for a summer she grows more and learns that while the family of three she has come to know: her dad Joel, Bert, and herself may not be like other families, they are still a family for better or for worse and that's all that matters. 

No Alligators In Sight is a tale of self-discovery, growing up, and family. 

The characters were wonderfully written and developed to the point where they came to life. Lettie (or Annie) has had a hard life and was put in the difficult spot of having to grow up fast and raise her kid brother after their mother took off with another man. While bitter about her mom leaving, both Bert and Lettie sometimes wish she would give some sign that she still cares about them. Joel, their dad, seems to care about them in his own way, but he's too far down into a bottle to really open his eyes and sees what is going on around him. 

The writing flowed easily and is very well-written from setting to plot to characters. 

No Alligators in Sight gets a Bottles & Books Reviews' recommendation. I hope we get to see more from Kirsten soon!  

*No Alligators in Sight was provided by Author Kirsten B. Feldman in exchange for an honest review.

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