Book Review: No Alligators in Sight by: Kirsten B. Feldman

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: KBFeldman Books

Publication Date: November 25, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: In this coming of age novel, Lettie and Bert squeak by in a tiny town on Cape Cod, one parent an alcoholic and the other absent. After a string of bad decisions on Lettie’s part, their father ships them to their barely remembered mother for the summer, where they will learn hard lessons about themselves, their family, and their future by way of the Florida swamp. Throughout Lettie keeps her biting humor flowing, her razor-sharp pen at the ready, and her eye on her quest for a “normal” life.

Review: 13 year-old Lettie (who wants to be called Annie) and her little brother Bert live in a tiny house in a tiny Massachusetts town with their alcoholic father. Annie calls her father either Joel or Him because he hasn’t truly been a father to them in about six years – ever since her mother left. She goes to school, takes care of Bert, does the shopping, and everything else around the house. Annie’s got a sharp wit and a sharp tongue and longs to be normal more than anything else in the world. Bert’s more carefree and goes with the flow. When Annie’s bad decisions finally catch up to her, she and Bert are sent off to stay with their mother and her man in Florida. During this trip, Annie learns a lot about herself and her family, not all of which is easy to swallow…

NO ALLIGATORS IN SIGHT is a engaging coming of age story, told from Annie's point of view. Annie is thirteen going on thirty, shouldering too much responsibility for her age, and has become jaded. From her thoughts and her words, you wouldn’t think she was only thirteen. The characters burst to life, detailed and well-rounded, and they’re just like anyone you could meet. I loved Annie’s dark humor and sarcasm as a defense mechanism – she reminded me a lot of myself at that age. The story flowed beautifully, even with the gritty subject matter, and will bring a tear to your eye. NO ALLIGATORS IN SIGHT is a story which will touch your very soul from start to finish.

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