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Hello again. Long time no see. Thank the Camila of the past for agreeing to write two reviews as part of blog tours on the same day. This book I’m going to talk about is Prairie Fever by Michael Parker, and I’d like to thank the author and Algonquin Books for inviting me to read and review it.
I started reading this book on June 22nd, and after a page, I put it down and kept reading other books because I wasn’t really interested in this one. I gave it another chance, though and I’ve been making some progress. I will say that this is not the type of book I can read in one sitting or spend hours reading. Here’s an update: on July 5th, having read a whopping 15% of the book, I DNF’ed it because I knew it wasn’t going to get less boring and I was going to struggle a whole lot to stay awake while reading it.
I need my breaks with this one. It is historical fiction and it features two sisters, Lorena and Elise, although it centers mostly on Elise. They are seventeen and fifteen years old, respectively and they live in what seems like the countryside and are farmers.
I’m not sure if there’s a point to this book, like something will happen that will make an impact on the characters’ lives. From what I read, it’s more like a slice-of-life kind of story. We read about the main characters going to school and the conversations they have, but not much. Prairie fever is a euphemism for typhoid fever, so maybe one of the characters gets sick. Oh, did I mention this is historical fiction?
After what seemed like a hundred-page-long chapter we do get a change of perspective and even a different timeline. Did that make the book any better for me? Not at all, which is why I DNF’ed it.
Does this story sound appealing to you? What do you think is going to happen? Let me know in the comments below.
Love, Miss Camila