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Review: Winter’s Bone

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Genres/Themes: Mystery, Poverty, Crime, Drugs, Southern Gothic, Young Adult


This book was pretty ‘meh’ for me. Kinda a 2 star book, but I do see the good qualities.

Summary from Goodreads: 

Ree Dolly’s father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn’t show up for his next court date. With two young brothers depending on her, 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. Living in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks, Ree learns quickly that asking questions of the rough Dolly clan can be a fatal mistake. But, as an unsettling revelation lurks, Ree discovers unforeseen depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost.

Not the usual type of book I read, but it was recommended that I read it. I really liked Ree’s character as well as her brothers. I didn’t understand how most the men were ‘scary’ or scumbags– literally no one can keep it in their pants. Many parts were very real-life seeming which was interesting to read.
While the writing for me was a bit annoying, I’m sure other people would like the way it is done. I will say that not once while I was reading the book was I bored. There was so much going on.

It was an interesting story.

I would probably recommend this book to other people just to talk about it with them.It was also pretty short so, easy to read quickly. A good book report book for a teen.


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