Book Review: The Longings Of Wayward Girls

The Longings Of Wayward Girls CoverBook: The Longings Of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown

The Longings Of Waywards Girls will be published on July 2, 2013 by Atria Books|Expected Number Of Pages: 357

Series: None

Genre: Adult Fiction

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The Longings Of Wayward Girls is an e-ARC from netgalley.com in exchanged for a fair and honest review

Goodreads Summary: It’s an idyllic New England summer, and Sadie is a precocious only child on the edge of adolescence. It seems like July and August will pass lazily by, just as they have every year before. But one day, Sadie and her best friend play a seemingly harmless prank on a neighborhood girl. Soon after, that same little girl disappears from a backyard barbecue—and she is never seen again. Twenty years pass, and Sadie is still living in the same quiet suburb. She’s married to a good man, has two beautiful children, and seems to have put her past behind her. But when a boy from her old neighborhood returns to town, the nightmares of that summer will begin to resurface, and its unsolved mysteries will finally become clear.

I’m just not sure what to think about The Longings Of Wayward Girls.  There are 3 different stories going on- the newspaper articles about the disappearance of Laura Loomis, the summer of 1979, and the present time, which is 2003 in this book.

I’m not completely sure why the articles about Laura Loomis were included, because her story was told through the articles, and wasn’t really mentioned throughout the book.  Except for a few mentions of the family and a few mentions of people mistaking Sadie for Laura because they look similar.

The book alternates between past and present, and that didn’t work for me.  Just as I was getting used to one story, it was time for the other one.  I didn’t find either one very compelling, and it was hard to stay interested in both stories.  Plus, there’s the disappearance of Francie, set during the summer, and I was waiting for a possible connection between the two disappearances, which never happened.  We learn what happens to Francie and what happened “that summer” but I don’t think we ever learn what happened to Laura.  Which makes her disappearance and the articles really random.

I couldn’t care about Sadie.  I wanted to, but a lot of the choices she made throughout her life made it hard to like her.  I’m not entirely sure we WERE supposed to like her, because it’s entirely possible we weren’t supposed to.  Either way, there was just no connection with her.  Sadie felt pretty wooden and I’m not sure if it’s because she was dealing with depression after having a miscarriage or dealing with what happened in her childhood.

Final Thoughts:

The Longings Of Warward Girls didn’t work for me.  It was hard to care about Sadie and dealing with what was going on.  I also wish Laura’s story had more of a role in the book.  The Longings Of Wayward Girls gets 1 star.

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