You’re an Animal, a review by Shelley

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Jardine Libaire

Random House Publishing Group | Hogarth
Publication Date: August 8th, 2023
272 Pages
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β€œWe’re an odd lot. But we’re better together than separated out.”

I give this book props for being different. For some reason, I liked this group of misfits maybe because I consider myself a misfit. I could definitely relate to Coral as I am also deaf (but not mute as I didn’t start to lose my hearing until I was in my late 20s).

The story is narrated by three characters that aren’t mute (Ernie, Stacie and Ray) but we do get Coral’s perspective sometimes via internal thoughts. They are on the run from a compound where a meth lab just exploded and because they had to leave in such a hurry they have taken the leader’s money with them. They find a house to share and hide out in and as things go well there (at first) they find their new normal.

The chapters are long ones and I don’t usually like that but the story was engaging enough that I hardly noticed. The story is very character driven but what a bunch of characters they are. I loved that Texas, the house and the garden were all kind of characters as well, not to mention Slash.

There was one thing that might bother other readers and that’s the fact that dialogue is in italics but I kind of dug it. The story is a gritty one and filled with raw emotion. One thing I wish there was more of was the background of each character, particularly Coral. Overall an enjoyably interesting read deserving of 3.5 stars rounded up.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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