Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Book 32/30.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It took me five days to get through my fifth 5 star read of the year and I’m loving all the fives in this sentence 🤩😅

I initially wasn’t planning on reading Where the Crawdads Sing as Emily May, the only person I follow on Goodreads, DNFd it on page 156 😐. Then there’s the fact that the book brought to the forefront renewed questions about the Owens’s conservation work in Zambia, which was clouded by controversy following the death of a suspected poacher. While Delia Owens is a person of interest, it is her husband and stepson who are actual suspects in the killing. But then on March 22, 2022 my ABSOLUTE FAVE Taylor Swift put up an Instagram post saying (in part), “Where The Crawdads Sing is a book I got absolutely lost in when I read it years ago. As soon as I heard there was a film in the works…I knew I wanted to be a part of it from the musical side.” And just like that TayTay convinced me to separate the author from her work and give this a shot and I’m glad she did as this was just lovely 😍

“Where the Crawdads Sing is an incredible story about a girl who always lived on the outside, looking in. Figuratively and literally. The juxtaposition of her loneliness and independence. Her longing and her stillness. Her curiosity and fear, all tangled up. Her persisting gentleness… and the world’s betrayal of it.” Taylor Swift.

I normally don’t like books with overly descriptive styles of writing (as mentioned in my Goodreads bio), and a common critique I’ve seen in reviews of this book is the excessive descriptions of the marsh and all its flora and fauna. And while the author describes all those things in great detail, I found the details intriguing rather than tedious.

Where the Crawdads Sing is part YA, part murder mystery, part romance, part courtroom drama and I AM HERE FOR ALL OF IT 🤩👏🙌 this is one of the best, if not the best, coming of age novel I’ve ever read and don’t even get me started on that fucking perfect ending 🤩😍

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** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing

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