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    Sister Survival Story

    Disturbing story of two sisters who flee a dysfunctional home to survive in the forest… I am not sure who the target audience is for this book. If it is for the young adult crowd then I might suggest it be used as a book to be read in class or with parents. Why? The content includes violence, rape, murder and a decision made by a thirteen year old that should be discussed rather than just read and glossed over. If, on the other hand, this book is geared to adults then I would have to say that the rambling all-inclusive diary-like narrative is not one that I was able to relate well to. The story is complex, plotted well and told in a way that the reader becomes part of the story hoping that all will go well…eventually…and Sal and her sister Peppa will find a bit of peace and happiness. There is information about preparation, survival and fears but I am not sure if Sal, after so many years of being in charge and dealing with all that she did has “turned off” and seemed colder than she should have been or if she is just very realistic and practical. There was another quibble and that was the ending. I felt the time surviving was intense and descriptive and involved and then boom…the end comes but there is no real resolution for any of the characters. This may have triggers for some: sexual abuse, pedophilia, addiction, alcoholism, murder… Thank you to NetGalley and Canongate for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
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    Pensive, adventurous, and moving!

    Sal is a compelling tale that takes us on a journey into the lives of two young sisters as they learn to escape and survive both the predators and dangers found in the Scottish wilderness as well as those within their own home. The prose is astute and vividly descriptive. The characters are witty, vulnerable, loyal, resourceful, and endearing. And the plot is a heart-wrenching story about alcoholism, sexual abuse, poverty, self-preservation, coming-of-age, innocence, morality, and selfless love. Overall, Sal is a profound, sophisticated, inspiring novel that highlights the complex dynamics of sister relationships and does an exquisite job of reminding us just how indomitable the human spirit can truly be.

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