Friday, 5 August 2011

Family by Micol Ostow

Micol Ostow
[April 26, 2011]

i have always been broken.i could have. died. and maybe it would have been better if i had.

It is a day like any other when seventeen-year-old Melinda Jensen hits the road for San Francisco, leaving behind her fractured home life and a constant assault on her self-esteem. Henry is the handsome, charismatic man who comes upon her, collapsed on a park bench, and offers love, a bright new consciousness, and—best of all—a family. One that will embrace her and give her love. Because family is what Mel has never really had. And this new family, Henry’s family, shares everything. They share the chores, their bodies, and their beliefs.  And if Mel truly wants to belong, she will share in everything they do. No matter what the family does, or how far they go.

Told in episodic verse, family is a fictionalized exploration of cult dynamics, loosely based on the Manson Family murders of 1969. It is an unflinching look at people who are born broken, and the lengths they’ll go to to make themselves “whole” again.

This wasn't quite what I thought it would be.

I didn't really realize it would be in verse, so that kind of threw me off. Then it would sometimes be in the past, sometimes in the present, which could also be jarring. The verse itself was interesting, just took some getting used to.

The story was interesting. Cults like this and the Manson Family murders fascinate me, so I was really interested. It wasn't an easy read, but I was definitely interested and excited to read it. I even remember reading it while either going to visit or leaving my grandma's house. Maybe cults that murder and my grandma shouldn't go together though.

I really liked Melinda, and oddly enough, I kinda liked Henry. I'm not totally sure why, but maybe that's just bonus points to Micol that I could like someone like Henry.

It's not an easy read. It's not a light read. But it's interesting and it makes you think and it's entertaining if you're into that kind of thing. If you're not sure, there's no reason not to give it a try.


1 comment:

  1. I agree, this is a good book to give a shot. Plus it's super quick, so no real time lost if one doesn't love it.



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