Friday, December 25, 2009

Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt

Dicey has always been the one to strongarm her family into staying together. But now she and her younger siblings are living with their grandmother, and Dicey has to learn to let go enough that they can find their own path, while still being supportive.

This was an interesting and introspective book, it is part of a series and I hadn't read the first one, so I was flailing a little at first in order to keep up with the story. This book is really from Dicey's point of view and since she has such a strong personality, she does come off as a touch egotistical. The character felt like a bit of a Mart Sue to me, she didn't make any large mistakes and was too perfect to be really believable at times. However you probably won't notice these flaws as much while reading because of Cynthia Voigt's excellent writing. She has a good ear for dialogue and her writing is tidy and elegant.  The writing is almost invisible, you don't go "Wow, this is fancy writing" as you read it because you are so lost in the characters and settings.

4 Stars

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