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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Home to Woefield by Susan Juby: Book Review

Home to Woefield
by Susan Juby
ISBN: 978-0-06-199519-4
Release Date: March 8, 2011

Description: Woefield Farm is a sprawling thirty acres of scrub land, complete with dilapidated buildings and one half-sheared, lonely sheep named Bertie. It’s “run”—in the loosest possible sense of the word—by Prudence Burns, an energetic, well-intentioned 20-something New Yorker full of back-to-the-land ideals, but without an iota of related skills or experience. Prudence, who inherited the farm from her uncle, soon discovers that the bank is about to foreclose on the property, which means that she has to turn things around, fast. But fear not! She’ll be assisted by Earl, a spry 70-something, banjo-playing foreman, with a distrust of newfangled ideas and a substantial family secret; Seth, the alcoholic, celebrity-blogging guy-next-door, who hasn’t left the house since a scandal with his high-school drama teacher; and Sara Spratt, a highly organized eleven-year-old looking for a home for her prize-winning chickens, including one particularly randy fellow soon to be christened Alec Baldwin

The Good Stuff

  • Unlike anything I have ever read before
  • Wacky and weird but beautiful and hopeful
  • The young girl Sara is so unusual and sweet and living in such a horrible situation that I just wanted to reach out and adopt her
  • Prudence is a complete flake, but a truly lovable flake with absolutely no malice in her and such wonderful enthusiasm for everything and everybody - she reminded me so much of my buddy Tosca
  • this is not  story you read all at once.  It is something you read a bit of every day sort of like watching a favorite tv show.
  • wonderful dry sense of humour and hilarious lines that will make you laugh your ass off
The Not so Good Stuff
  • hard to explain but felt like the author was trying to hard to make all the characters especially odd at the expense of the story at times
  • Sara's parents are so horrible they made me really depressed for the kid
  • It takes a bit to get into with all the different narrators, but this also ultimately makes all the characters more interesting from the various points of view
  • I picked up on some anti-love vibes about blogger's and popular writers - it could just be me though
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"He'll just take them, even if they are driving or flying planes with other people in them. So that will cause a lot of accidents for the people who are left behind. It's kind of an irresponsible way for God to handle it, if you think about it.  You would think that if God was going to do a Rapture, which is what it's called when God takes all the people, he would do it when they aren't busy. But I think the point is that the people who get left behind get what they deserve."

"My book was, according to the lone blogger who reviewed it as part of one of those roundups about what is wrong with young adult literature, "anxiety-saturated but surprisingly dull." I couldn't, in good conscience, argue with that assessment."

"I used to update my blogs eights, sometimes twelve hours a day. That's eight or twelve hours of writing, Stephen King is probably one of the only other guys who writes that much. Him and James Patterson, although King's the only one of those two worth reading."

What I Learned
  • Some actually fascinating information about sustainability and farming
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Those who like a story that is just a little bit odd
  • This is not one for those who like fast paced exciting storylines
3.75  Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review

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