Review: Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

17162148Book: Tell The Wolves I'm Home 
Author: Carol Rifka Brunt 
Date of Publication: June 4, 2013  
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Genre: ya, historical fiction, contemporary, literary fiction
Source: bought 
Pages: 355
Rating: 3/5 Beans 


Short Summary:

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.

An emotionally charged coming-of-age novel, Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.

My Thoughts:

For as much as this book was hyped up to be an amazing read, I just found myself unimpressed as a whole.  I guess I read it after people have come to be more accepting of AIDS and friendships and relationships with people with HIV/AIDS. Or maybe to me it’s just not nearly as big of a deal?  Anyways, onto the review:

I think that the family relationships examined in this book were the main focus, go figure.  However, the saving grace was the relationship between June and her sister.  I got caught up in their drama and was more uncomfortable with the entire concept of June’s relationship with Toby.  I understand how it was important to her, but I found that I really couldn’t relate somehow.

There are question marks in this review because I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I think of this book.  I finished it a while ago since I finished this review (I rewrote it like two or three times) and still I am puzzled.  The concept of the story is different, intriguing, and not something that I would have really expected, but I’m at a loss as to how to describe my feelings, which really frustrates me.

Most books are either ones I enjoy or ones I don’t, this one was different.  It was well written, in depth and very detailed and emotional, but I didn’t enjoy reading the story itself, in fact, I found myself getting lost and a bit confused at points.


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