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WIJFR: Tell the Wolves I'm Home (SP)

I gave the book 3 stars and I feel bad because I know it deserves a better rating. It was beautifully written, complex, thought provoking and gracefully discussed the topic of AIDS while maintaining the main focus on the characters but I just wasn't captured by the story. I liked it but I wasn't running home to find out what happens next.

I found it hard to connect to any of the characters. June was immature to the point of flat out ignorant. Are we supposed to assume that she has some issue where she is mentally delayed? Greta was a straight up selfish, conniving, b!tch which she probably gets from her mom. Dad just doesn't get involved even though you can tell he doesn't agree with the mom on how she's decided to handle Finn's relationship with Toby. Toby was the only character I liked and that's mostly because I just feel bad for him. He's just dealt one bad hand after another and he handles it all exceptionally well.

I think my main issue with the book is that, while it is thought provoking, it quickly becomes apparent what the inner working of the book are. There isn't much to debate about with the meaning and the central theme of jealousy. I like a book that is a little more open ended and not so nicely wrapped up into a perfect box.

  

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Re: WIJFR: Tell the Wolves I'm Home (SP)

  • I really loved this book. I agree that June was somewhat immature and ignorant, but I found it totally believable since she was only 14 and it was 1987. AIDS was relatively new, people weren't really talking about it, and most people didn't really understand what it was or how it was transmitted. It was just this weird, scary disease that people were just starting to learn about.
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    I really loved this book. I agree that June was somewhat immature and ignorant, but I found it totally believable since she was only 14 and it was 1987. AIDS was relatively new, people weren't really talking about it, and most people didn't really understand what it was or how it was transmitted. It was just this weird, scary disease that people were just starting to learn about.

    I actually found her to be age appropriate and at times, even mature about, the topic of AIDS. 

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