Alright Cindy, I’m like a 3.87 out of 5 birds for The Stars of Whistling Ridge, rounded up. I was very excited to get my hands on this ARC audio copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Last year I read Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy and LOVE every second of it. The Stars of Whistling Ridge first caught my attention with the cover, it’s beautiful artwork. The book started out strong for me and I was very intrigued, then I started to get to know Ivy more and more and she was a very unlikable main character to me. So whiny and obnoxious- so maybe similar to a hormonal tween…. So I mean you nailed the character- maybe too well. I did really enjoy the mixing of magic realism and contemporary. I thought the plot was unique and the save the earth undertones were awesome. I think a middle grader would enjoy it and perhaps not so much the adults. I will also point out that I loved the juxtaposition of the sisterhoods. The older set and the younger. I too have two sisters and am the obnoxious youngest of the three, so I could relate on some level. Overall, worth the read. I would maybe encourage you to READ this one rather than listen- perhaps it will allow you to create your own voice for Ivy.
Thanks for the advanced copy and also a shout out to Cindy. I’ve been following her on social media and she is awesome with her fans. I will definitely read more of hers. I admire her and all the hard work she puts into her writing. I also loved the shout out to her daughter through zoom first grade. I can relate on so many levels because I have a zoom kindergartner.
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