NetGalley Reads: In The Neighborhood of True || Lecturas de NetGalley: In The Neighborhood of True

NetGalley Reads: In The Neighborhood of True || Lecturas de NetGalley: In The Neighborhood of True

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Hello and happy Saturday. I know that it’s odd that I’m posting a book review today. I was supposed to do it yesterday, but I was super busy organizing stuff I’d brought back home from my classroom. I also wanted to write a proper review once I was done with the book, so I decided to wait until I finished it. The book I’m talking about is In The Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton, which I got because I was invited to participate in a blog tour. As always I am super thankful to Algonquin, the author and NetGalley.

I read this book between July 6th and July 11th, 2020 and gave it three stars. For about half of the book, I thought I’d give it two stars, but I ended up actually enjoying it. This is historical fiction but it is set in a time I don’t think I’d ever read. It is set in the United States in the late 50’s and it starts at the end of the plot, basically. The first chapter takes place in a courtroom, and Ruth, the main character, is called to the stand as a witness, but we don’t know anything about the case. We only know she is testifying in her boyfriend’s trial.

In the following chapters, Ruth retells the events that lead up to that day. Ruth used to live with her family in New York. Her dad was a Jew, and so her mother had converted and the whole family practiced Judaism. But then Ruth’s dad dies, so the family moves back to Atlanta, where Ruth’s mother is originally from.

Ruth quickly falls in love with the whole cotillion/pre-debutante life and everything it entails, but in order to fit in, she hides the fact that she is Jewish, at least to her new friends. Meanwhile, she starts going to the synagogue where the rabbi and this young guy Max are activists for integration and desegregation, so Ruth lives these paralel lives. I just realized that this plot sounds amazing, but there was something about the execution that I didn’t love, especially not at first.

At one point, I even thought about DNF’ing this book, and I’m very happy I didn’t do it and I pulled through. I think it wrapped out nicely even though the final chapters were a bit too rushed.

What have you been reading lately? Anything to recommend? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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Hola y feliz sábado. Yo sé que es raro que esté publicando una reseña hoy. Se suponía que debía hacerlo ayer, pero estaba muy ocupada organizando las cosas que traje a mi casa de mi salón. También quería escribir una reseña bien hecha una vez terminara de leer el libro, entonces decidí esperar hasta el final. El libro del que hablo es In The Neighborhood of True de Susan Kaplan Carlton, que recibí porque me invitaron a un tour de blogs. Como siempre, estoy muy agradecida con Algonquin, la autora y NetGalley.

Leí este libro entre el 6 y el 11 de julio de 2020 y le di tres estrellas. Durante más o menos la mitad del libro, pensé que le iba a dar dos estrellas, pero me terminó gustando. Esto es ficción histórica, pero se desarrolla en una época que no creo haber leído antes. Tiene lugar en Estados Unidos a finales de los años 50 y comienza al final de la trama, básicamente. El primer capítulo tiene lugar en un juzgado, y Ruth, la protagornista, es llamada a declarar como testigo, pero no sabemos nada del caso. Solamente sabemos que su novio es quien está siendo juzgado.

En los siguientes capítulos, Ruth cuenta los eventos que llevaron a ese día. Ruth vivía con su familia en Nueva York. Su papá era judío, y su mamá se había convertido, entonces toda la familia practicaba el judaísmo. Pero luego se muere el papá de Ruth, entonces la familia se muda a Atlanta, de donde la mamá de Ruth es originaria.

Ruth se enamora rápidamente con la vida del cotillón y de pre-debutante y todo lo que incluye, pero para pertenecer a ese mundo, esconde el hecho de que es judía, por lo menos a sus nuevos amigos. Mientras tanto, comienza a ir a la sinagoga, donde el rabino y Max, un joven, son activistas en favor de la integración y la desegregación, entonces Ruth vive vidas paralelas. Me acabo de dar cuenta de que esta trama suena increíble, pero había algo acerca de la ejecución que no me encantó, especialmente no al comienzo.

En un punto inclusive pensé en no terminar este libro, y estoy feliz de que sí lo terminé. Me parece que terminó bien, aunque los capítulos finales fueron un poco apurados.

¿Qué has estado leyendo? ¿Algo para recomendar? Cuéntame en los comentarios.

¡Feliz lectura!

Con amor, Miss Camila

NetGalley Reads: Prairie Fever

NetGalley Reads: Prairie Fever

NetGalley (2).pngBefore you read this post, make sure you have read my post I Can Do Better  to know how and where to donate, get informed, support, and follow the Black Lives Matter movement and people from the Black community. Si hablas español, y especialmente si vives en Colombia, lee mi publicación Puedo hacer algo mejor para enterarte cómo puedes apoyar a la Comunidad afrocolombiana. 

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.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila