Friday, March 25, 2011

Book Review: Deed So

This is the second book that I've agreed to read and review. I was really excited to get this book and it didn't disappoint!


It is 1962, and Agnes Hayden Bashford, Haddie, a brainy Southern teen from a tradition-bound family, dreams of breaking free from suffocating expectations placed on girls and from Wicomico Corners. She vows to escape to the exhilarating world beyond its narrow borders, like her handsome, older friend Gideon Albright who is going to Vietnam. A series of shocking incidents brings the outside world crashing down on her peaceful village, exposing long-buried family secrets and setting Haddie on a collision course with an unstable firebrand who will have to silence her to protect his identity. Haddie witnesses the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white down-on-his-luck farmer trying to protect his retarded son. The resulting murder trial attracts outside agitators and political aspirants, and pits townspeople against each other. Excited about being a witness in the trial, Haddie sees her moment of notoriety dissolve into frustration and discomfort and tragedy claim the people around her. The racially-charged case exposes civic fault lines and secrets within Haddie's own family, shattering her comfortable home life, and unleashes an arsonist who terrorizes the community by night. In Deed So, a young girl and an entire town lose their innocence in the last year of innocence, the year before the Kennedy assassination, the civil rights struggle, feminist activism and the Vietnam War changed America forever.

This was one of those books that you don't know what to expect when you start reading it. At first I didn't know if I was going to get into it.....boy was I wrong! It was hard to put down! You get so invested in the characters! And not just the main girl, you find yourself thinking about everyone! It has so many little plots to go with the big one that you never really know where the book is going!

What I liked:
The flow. It was nice and easy to sit and read for hours.
How you feel so connected to all the characters.
The sub-plots.

What I didn't like:
I like all of it! I would say that some people could find it slow with all the added detail and extra plots. But, I quite enjoyed it!