The Girl Who Slept With God

The Girl Who Slept With God

Book - 2015
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"Set in Arco, Idaho, in 1970, Val Brelinskis powerfully affecting first novel tells the story of three sisters: young Frances, gregarious and strong-willed Jory, and moral-minded Grace. Their father, Oren, is a respected member of the community and science professor at the local college. Yet their mothers depression and Graces religious fervor threaten the seemingly perfect family, whose world is upended when Grace returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers shes pregnant with, she believes, the child of God. Distraught, Oren sends Jory and Grace to an isolated home at the edge of the town. There, they prepare for the much-awaited arrival of the baby while building a makeshift family that includes an elderly eccentric neighbor and a tattooed social outcast who drives an ice cream truck." --
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2015]
ISBN: 9780525427421
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 18, 2017

First the good: This is an easy reading story with a likeable character. There's enough mystery about events & tension to keep one reading. The story is so bizarre that one wants to read to the end to see how this situation is resolved.
Now for the bad: This is a YA book in hiding. The scenes and dialogues are Jr. High and are mundane, boring and nothing to do with the larger storyline. There's a lot of "cool kid", clothing and boy talk throughout.
This family is outrageously bizarre. What is wrong with these parents?!!!! Their actions are at odds and their reasoning is non-existent. None of the parameters of this story make sense in any way. Who sends 2 daughters (one of them 13 years old) to live in exile by themselves, expects them to live "normal" lives, not talk with anyone, and stay safe?
The ending is unsatisfactory and disturbing in many ways.


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