Every single one of you should read this book. Really, young or old, I want you to read this and then tell me how far in love with the characters you fell. I was enchanted with the story, loving the characters, and so sad when it ended...yet happy. A beautifully written book, screaming out for readers.
Wild Things is written by Clay Carmichael and about true love and nurturing within families and with nature as a whole. Our four main characters know about not much else than being left behind. 11 year old Zoe has come to stay with her Uncle, a man she didn't really know about until recently, when her insane mother died. Her father is also dead and the string of her mother's "friends" ran out pretty quickly, leaving her with nowhere to go and no one to trust.
Henry, Zoe's uncle, is a former heart surgeon that retreated into a hermit-like state after the death of his wife, no longer operating on humans, but rather on the metal sculptures he creates to pay the bills. He's a hard man, tough to love, and doesn't trust anyone. Except maybe Fred and Bessie.
The stray cat gets his own chapters. He's wild, unlovable, and refuses to trust any human. Until Zoe comes along...
And finally, the wild boy. Living in the woods behind Zoe and Uncle Henry's house, he makes his own home with nature. Another one that can't trust anybody and that doesn't feel he needs anyone's help for survival.
When these four characters collide, you'll be so involved in this story, you won't be able to put it down. Zoe is one of the quirkiest female characters I've come across in a long time, completely headstrong and quick-witted. I loooooved this book and cannot wait to read more of Carmichael's work.
My only "complaint" about the book is its cover. It's not reader-grabbing in the least. The cat is tiny, the colors too muted. I think maybe the lettering being made of metal sculptures or a photo of the girl and the cat on the cover might have been more successful. Even with the somewhat boring cover, you'll definitely want to read what's inside!
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Middle Grade fiction