so, here’s the deal: at zero point in my plans for this challenge did i envision reading a book in the united states. and then i got to R or S or somewhere around there and was like, “you know what, i just need to read some contemporary fiction.” at around the same time i had started packing books to move and rediscovered a pile of books amber sent to me an embarrassingly long time ago. sitting in that pile was whistlin’ dixie in a nor’easter and i thought, that – THAT sounds phenomenal.
what i liked, too, after choosing it, was the indication from the title and the back cover description that the book would rely on regional identity to place itself and its characters. i felt that would give this book, like so many others i read for this exercise, the full flavor of the country in which it was set.
and you all: this book did not disappoint. I LOVED IT.
genre: contemporary fiction
(side note: can it be southern fiction if it’s set in vermont?)
setting: memphis, tn and rural vermont
what i loved: THE TITLE. CAN WE JUST TAKE A MOMENT FOR THIS TITLE. it fits so well i can’t stand it.
i also really liked the main character and her development throughout the story. i loved her relationships with her friends and the dynamic between them; since i’ve got a similar group of friends, i could relate well to that aspect of the novel.
i read in a review that the characters come across as stereotypical, and while i can see where that reviewer is coming from – the characters are southerners through and through – there are differences among each of leelee’s friends. they’re subtle, but they’re there. i found them easiest to pick up on when she would project a scenario and imagine a particular friend’s response to it.
final thoughts: this is the first in a series and it was only my distance to the end of the alphabet and my lack of independent fortune that kept me from buying all of the books once i’d finished this one.