Friday, July 21, 2017

Between Two Skies by Joanne O'Sullivan

  • THE BOOK
    • Between Two Skies by Joanne O'Sullivan
    • Published April 25, 2017
    • Other works by author include books for kids (example: 101 Things You Gotta Do Before You're 12!) and crafts (example: Hippie Crafts: Creating a Hip New Look Using Groovy '60s Crafts)
    • I received a free copy from Library Thing in exchange for a review.

  • THE PREMISE
    • Evangeline Riley, 16-years-old, lives in Bayou Perdu, Louisiana, located in Plaquemines Parish near the mouth of the Mississippi River.
    • It's August 2005 and Hurricane Katrina is on its way and Evangeline and her family evacuate to Georgia where an aunt lives.
      • Bayou Perdu is mostly destroyed and there is nothing to go back to but both Evangeline and her father want to return. Her mother wants to stay in Georgia.
    • Evangeline has no idea what became of some of her friends (cell phones existed, of course, but were not widespread yet). She enrolls in the local high school and makes new friends, including an intriguing guy named Tru, a fellow refugee.

  • MY THOUGHTS
    • I have a personal pet peeve about girls named Evangeline that seem to exist in every story that takes place in Louisiana.I grew up in Southern Louisiana and I never met anyone by that name! Yet it is definitely a more common name in the state than elsewhere.
    • My childhood home, and the homes of my relatives who still lived in St. Bernard Parish (north of Plaquemines) in 2005, were all destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by Hurricane Katrina.
    • I liked the premise quite a bit but I think the story could have gone deeper. 
      • Evangeline spends a lot of time looking for the status of her two good friends but they aren't a very big part of the story as characters. 
      • I get that this book is for the Young Adult reader and not for a woman in her 50s!
      • Given that, the book is very good. It has a satisfying ending but again, I would have liked to know more about their readjustment. It just seemed fairly superficial with not enough meat. The bones are definitely there, however.
    • Recommended for those who like young adult books and enjoy stories about families trying to get by in trying circumstances.
    • ★ ★ ★

1 comment:

  1. I found Plaquemines Parish and the town of Plaquemine, parish seat in Iberville Parish, but no Bayou Perdu. There is even an Evangeline Parish. Evangeline Lilly is sad.

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