White Nights In Split Town City (Annie DeWitt)

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Annie DeWitt
Tyrant Books
2016
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Both coming-of-age story and cautionary tale. In her mother’s absence, Jean is torn between the adult world and her surreal fantasies of escape as she and Fender build a fort to survey the rumors of their town.

White Nights In Split Town City was a strange and captivating book, sometimes even uncomfortable to read. I devoured it in less than two days, so it was obviously addictive, but it still left me a bit uneasy (although I know that was probably the author’s intention).

If you want a conventional coming of age story, then this is not the right book for you. Here we have a very unconventional narrator: Jean, a 12-year-old girl in 1990’s New England, who is the witness of her family and neighbors’ behavior during a hot summer when weird things start to happen around her.

I didn’t find the blurb that accurate and I guess I expected something different, much more “innocent”. What I’m trying to say is that you need to be open-minded about this one because Jean’s story is definitely not a bed of roses. If you connect with the story, WNISTC is truly fascinating. And the writing is so beautiful that you’ll want to read each paragraph over and over again.

So yes, what I loved the most about this book was undoubtedly Annie DeWitt’s writing. The first pages, where she introduced the year 1990, were amazing and made me fall in love with the world she had crafted. I loved how she depicted the small town and its different characters, you could easily picture them in your head.

After a while, some parts turned out to be a bit creepy and uncomfortable to read (especially, a particular storyline), which is why I can’t say I would read the book again. Keep in mind that that’s only because I don’t really like reading about certain topics, not because of the novel itself. White Nights In Split Town City is a short and unforgettable story which features a great main character and flawless writing.

P.S This might be my favorite cover ever. And I don’t have the physical copy 😣

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I received an e-galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

11 thoughts on “White Nights In Split Town City (Annie DeWitt)

  1. 1990, the year I was born! (now you know how terribly old I am, haha). Your review made me curious about the writing and the storylines that made you uncomfortable. I know there are a few subjects I am uneasy to talk about or even read about, but sometimes it is worth giving it a try.

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    1. But Donna, how old do you think I am? Hahaha This was such a weird read. I didn’t expect it to be that way at all. It was worth reading, that’s for sure.

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  2. The problem with 12 year old character having creepy things happen to them, is that it’s difficult to think that the plot is reasonable or even realistic… But this seems like an interesting book! I love books that are set in a small town.

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