on July 10, 2015 :
Let me start by saying that I am generally not a fiction reader. A novel has to catch me in the first paragraph, or at most, the first page, for me to stick with it. I was attracted to this book because I work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and wanted to see how a main character with "intellectual and emotional difficulties" would be portrayed. Not only did the author do a great job writing Putty's character, but the book itself grabbed me from the very beginning and held me page after page, right through to the end.
I just love Putty. The very thought of her makes me smile. I love how she sees the world. I love the hilarious way she expresses herself. I love her warm heart and her protectiveness toward the people she loves. She makes me happy. This is a fun, funny, feel-good book that also has a lot of depth and substance to it. If it were superficial, I wouldn't have bothered with it.
It's also a small-town story that avoids small town stereotypes and has interesting, well-developed characters. Having grown up in a small Southern town, I tend to get a little cranky with stereotypical portrayals of my "native area", and I would have put the book down if I had seen any of that.
I had a great time reading this book. I really hope the author writes a sequel. I want more Putty in my life.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on July 7, 2015 :
This is a debut novel for this author and I found the story to be enjoyable, consuming and delightful! The characters were developed well and they flowed smoothly through the story line. When I would come back to the book after a break from reading, I would feel like I was coming home. The story touches on issues that we are currently seeing in the daily headlines, so the book is timely with it's picture of today's world. The book speaks about love, family, God, relationships and love yet again.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)