29 Jan 2007 – from friends for my birthday

This was on my wishlist and is a typical small-town-America-coming-of-age-novel. Although it had some good lyrical moments and striking images, well, maybe I’ve read too many of these recently. Mad mother leaves kids to fend for themselves – check. Glam but dodgy aunt and her glam but dodgy daughter turn up to help – check. Local characters add menace – check. Icky details here and there – check. So it seemed a bit That Kind Of Book By Numbers, whereas I’m sure someone who had not read so many of them would find it fresher.