Who needs a book to read? I just finished up a couple over the weekend (I read instead of doing chores and I don't regret it a bit!). One of the books of the books that caused me to procrastinate was Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones and it was well worth the mountain of laundry I am currently ignoring to write this post! Here is the scoop...
A spellbinding and darkly humorous coming-of-age story about an unusual boy, whose family lives on the fringe of society and struggles to survive in a hostile world that shuns and fears them.
He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixed blood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks.
For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and narrow escapes—always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will finally know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls they’ve been running from for so long are catching up fast now. Everything is about to change.
A compelling and fascinating journey, Mongrels alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story— funny, bloody, raw, and real—told in a rhythmic voice full of heart, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way.
My Thoughts: At its' core this is a coming of age story. It is about growing up and the emotional rollercoaster that can be. However....this isn't any old "regular" tale of growing up...the narrator is a werewolf. Yup. Not exactly your typical teen angst! That being said, one might say every young person has something they are afraid of or ashamed of about themselves and Jones certainly has a way of weaving the normalcy of those feelings into this book. I am not typically a fan of werewolf/vampire/monster type stories but this book was way more than that. Yes, there were some more graphic bits (they are werewolves after all!) but it is a wonderfully written book about life and relationships and about growing up and that is fascinating no matter what you do under the cloak of darkness! This is a well written book that I was sorry to see end. You can pick up your copy HERE.
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