Book Review: Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

For a debut novel, this is pretty good- I actually paid money for the book based on the first paragraph alone.

It’s the story of Lucinda, a popular high school girl on the cusp of womanhood, who is found on a playground with her neck broken.

It’s also the story of those around her- Cameron who loved her, Jade who hated her, and Rudd who is charged with investigating her death, but finds it brings up some terrible memories. These lives are beautifully interwoven, and become tighter and tighter as the story goes on.

I loved the prose. I loved the gentle rendering of the ‘fat’ girl and the ‘weird’ boy. I loved the realistic look at small town America, especially high school politics and the problems that arise when everyone knows your business.

I didn’t like the uncertainty. Y’all know how much I HATE having to read between the lines- my brain doesn’t work that way. I like my lovers named, my autism diagnosed, my crimes solved. Girl in snow leaves an awful lot of wiggle room to form your own opinions and that makes my anxiety jump up and yell boo.

But it’s kinda worth it. A well-paced, luxurious novel easily read over one afternoon, girl in snow is a gorgeous debut with well considered characters and a story line that keeps you hooked until the end.

4/5 stars.

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