Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Review: Tell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

When June's Uncle Finn dies, she knows her life is changed forever.  Finn was the only person who truly understood her, the one person she could always count on.  He's died from an illness so terrible that no one is willing to talk about it.  And not a single person can understand her grief.  That is, no one understands until a stranger approaches June - a stranger who knew her uncle and seems to have some idea about what June is going through.

The writing in this one is stunning.  As a coming of age story, I've struggled a bit in classifying it as either YA or adult, but I think I'm going to come down on the side of adult fiction.  I think it make an amazing crossover for YAs, but after reading an interview with the author, I can see why she classifies it as specifically adult.  It has a teenage protagonist, but it deals with very adult relationships and, as the author says in the interview, the adult characters are as developed and detailed as June's character.

Entertainment Value
This is definitely a character-driven novel.  In this case, it works perfectly, because the writing really carries the story well.  You want to keep reading to get more of the beautiful words and learn more about the characters.  I read this over Christmas at Luke's Grandpa John's house and couldn't get enough of it.

I definitely recommend this one, both for fans of character-driven adult fiction and for YA fans.  And of course to anyone who loves a good coming of age story.


  1. Oh, I really want to read this one! It actually won the Alex award last year (which is how it got my attention at first)... The Alex Awards are for books written for adults but have special appeal to teens... so it makes sense that you were wondering how to classify it!

  2. I thought this was definitely an adult book as well and was confused when people kept referring to it as YA. I sort of took some time to get into it, but once it was done, I 100% got why people loved this one so much!