Book: Remarkably Bright Creatures
Author: Shelby Van Pelt
This is my 51st read for the year
This is the story of Tova and Cameron. Tova is a widow in her 70s who thinks it is time to make some changes in her life. 30 years ago her son disappeared, most people think he committed suicide but Tova has never believe it. A few years ago, her husband died, and now Tova - a cleaner at a local aquarium - decides it is time to sell her house and put all these dark memories behind her. Cameron is a 30 year old man who cannot seem to hold down a job. His mother abandoned him years ago, he never knew his father, and he was raised by his aunt. He decides he is going to return to his mother's hometown and find out once and for all who his father is. He and Tova cross paths working at the aquarium and are brought together caring for an aging octupus named Marcellus that has an affinity for escaping his tank. Cameron is feeling settled for the first time in his life in his mother's home town, and as he searches for his father, he finds out more than he bargained for.
This was an interesting book. Tova was so sweet. She has a great group of friends, and seems like someone I would love to know in real life. She had a hard life, but has true kindness for all of those are in her life. Cameron on the other hand was a horrible character. A petulant child who at the age of 30 acted more like a 13 year old boy - was hard to like. His constant whining and childishness was too much. Even though he had a rougher life than most, his attitude was exhausting.
It was easy to figure out who Cameron's father was about half way through this book, but the way that it all came together with the octpus was cute.
If you know going in that Cameron's character is probably going to bother you (eh - maybe not - it might just be the generation X in me), then you might enjoy this book. Tova and the other characters in the book are enough to make this book worth reading on the whole.