Friday, May 08, 2015
Signed, Skye Harper, by Carol Lynch Williams
Quirky and choppy best describe this story (183 chapters over 292 pages - many of them mostly blank). It doesn't take a long time to read, but it can be hard to follow. Winston is supposed to be some sort of trailer trash from the way she talks and the way she misspells certain words, but at the same point we are expected to admire her strong will and her self-determination (mostly to avoid becoming a pregnant teen like her mother and grandmother). She wasn't badly portrayed, but I never warmed to her. I did appreciate that the period details are kept low key and non-distracting (sharp-eyed youngsters may notice that Led Zeppelin is not playing on an oldies station but out of an eight-track player or that the Big Mac is served in a Styrofoam container). However, the novel seemed mostly just functional.