Breathe To Read

Breathe To Read

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

2023 Challenge: A Book By A First Time Author: Tell The Wolves I'm Home

 Book: Tell The Wolves I'm Home

Author: Carol Rifka Brunt

Pages: 384

This is my 17th read for the year

This is the story of June Elbus.  She is a 14 year old girl in 1987 who feels like the only person who understands her is her Uncle Finn. Finn is a renowned painter who has been painting June and her sister each Sunday afternoon -trying to get the portrait just right.  While June's sister wishes that Finn would hurry up so she could get back to her life, June hopes that the painting never ends.

However - when Finn dies, June feels lost.  The painting of the girls becomes famous and makes the news, so June's parents secure it in a vault - telling June and her sister they can go and see it anytime they want.  June discovers that Finn had someone else in his life - and she feels betrayed that she wasn't the most important person in his life.  As she gets to know Toby, their mutral love for Finn brings them together.  As June and her sister start to rebel Finn's life with Toby and even before as his life as a brother to June's mom- come to light.  And June does not know where that leaves her.

This wasn't a great book.  I did finish it, but should have quit about half way through.  Weak characters that I never really felt drawn to care about.  June and her sister Greta's relationship is so up and down it will make your head spin.  I found the relationships between June and her Uncle and Toby disturbing.  

I just couldn't get into it.  Not for me.

Stars: 2

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