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Review: Blue Birds

                                         "Almost three months we've journeyed
each wave pushing us farther,
from London
everyday moving us closer
to Virginia."

This is an excerpt from Caroline Starr Rose’s book Blue Birds. I have just recently finished reading it, and I wanted to share some thoughts I had about it.

It is a story told from two different points of view. The first being from Alis, a young girl from London who has traveled with her father and mother to the New World. The second point of view comes from Kimi a young Native American girl, who is part of a tribe that hates the English. As you might guess by looking at the book cover, Alis and Kimi get acquainted and become secret friends.

Should either of their families find out about their friendship, disaster would spell.

This book as you might have noticed from the excerpt is written entirely in verse. It’s not the first book I’ve read in verse. Some of the others that I can think of off the top of my head are, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, and Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai.

With all the books I mentioned above, I found that being written in verse complimented the story very well. With Blue Birds I did not have the same feeling.

I found the book rather awkward to read. Like the passage above:

                                         "Almost three months we've journeyed
each wave pushing us farther,
from London
...

Normally, when writing you would not put a comma after the farther. You would simply write:

Almost three months we’ve journeyed, each wave pushing us farther from London.

There are many such instances when a sentence is broken up in a very unusual way making it difficult to read.

Though I found the verse annoying, I must admit that the story line was great. It kept me reading. I finished the book in two days. The characters and issues in the book were very relatable, and I love books that are told from multiple points of views.

The ending was quite surprising. Usually, once I am about halfway to three-quarters of the way through a book, I can tell how it is going to end. But with Blue Birds I had no idea until it  was revealed by the author on one of the very last pages.

All in all, I found this book to be pretty good and I would recommend it. I enjoyed the story line and characters, I enjoyed experiencing the story from two different points of view. I am only disappointed that it was written in verse. I found that this book did not benefit from being written in that style.

But, I would suggest that you read it and decide for yourself whether or not it should have been written the way it was.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review! Let me know what think of it in the comment section below!

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