Review/ The November Girl

Review/ The November GirlThe November Girl by Lydia Kang
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 7th 2017
Pages: 340

**A November Goodreads Best Book of the Month!**
I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.
Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.
Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us.
"Three-dimensional vividness...An emotional and dramatic tale of an otherworldly relationship."--KIRKUS REVIEWS

Before getting into my review I just have to thank Entangled Teen for sending me a copy of the book so that I could read and review it for my tour stop with Chapter By Chapter Book Tours.

This is going to be another book that I have to watch what I write so this could be a short and sweet review. I don’t want to spoil it for you in case you want to read it and I hope you will. This was a fantastic book, The writing was beautiful and descriptive. At times I felt like I was a part of the book and I love books like that.

I just have to say that this book tackles a lot of social issues so be prepared as it seems like its all discussed in this book from self harm, abuse etc. This was in no means a light read.

I have to say right away that I was a little confused at first because I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Ande and who/what she was because her father is human and her mother is a lake. Yes a lake. How is that possible? That alone I wanted to know more about. As the story progresses you learn a lot about Ande and I grew to love her.

The November Girl is told in alternating points of view from Ande and Hector so you are able to find out more about each character and I like that.

Hector is 17 years old who does not live the ideal life and my heart broke for him. Hector is a mix of Korean and African American. His mother has chosen to live in Korea and has sent Hector to live with his dad but his dad is in the military so he is living with his uncle. His uncle doesn’t view him as a human basically because all he sees is the money. In order for Hector to deal with things he self harms. Feeling like he has no where to go he decides to run away until his 18th birthday to the Isle Royale because he knows once winter comes the island is deserted and he can be alone.

What can I say about Ande? She is definitely mysterious and intriguing. Ande has lived on Isle Royale all her life. Ande lives on the island with her  her father and tries to live a normal life but once November rolls around she is itching to be who she truly is. She is that the November storm that wrecks havoc on sailors and sinks their ships. She has to do this so that the she/the island can survive.

I loved watching the relationship between Ande and Hector grow. It was so sweet and innocent. It was nice to see that even though they are both broken and similar that they are different at the same time. If that makes sense?

What can I say about this book? I really enjoyed it and it was definitely a change of pace from what I have been reading. This was not a fast paced book, but it was something that was mysterious and kept you on the edge of your seat forcing you to keep reading.

Isn’t the cover gorgeous?


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