Jaybird’s Song: A Novel

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Great look back on the times of the 60s. Great character relationships.
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Thank you net galley for the opportunity to read and review this book. I liked this book, however, I found it a bit slow at times. I appreciated the setting as this is my hometown area. Did Annie Jo know what was in the package and how did she come to have it? I feel it was a little too predictable, but I enjoyed it.
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I was looking for a change after a couple of serial killer books and I still had this book on my Kindle, so I thought it was time to read it (as it was published in February). This is the story of Josie, a woman who grows up in Georgia in the 60s. Many years later, in 2003, her grandmother passes away and she remembers her childhood and teenage years with her.

I had an issue with the way the book was written. The flashback parts felt like the author was telling us stuff that had happened but we didn't get to enjoy. Lots of paragraphs filled with sentences like: "She became my best friend and we did everything together. And two years passed and then we grew apart. And on my 15th birthday I had a big party and everyone came. "

In spite of that, Jaybird was a lovely novel, a nice, feel-good southern saga that made me imagine a different kind of life. So yes, I enjoyed reading it although it didn't leave a lasting impression. I think I had similar feelings with Dollbaby: the secrets weren't surprising enough because I had already read and watched tons of similar stories, and they didn't include any unique detail. Would I recommend it? Yes. Because that's just my experience.
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This was an interesting book about family, secrets and very strong women. This book deals with growing up in the civil rights era, which I found very interesting. This was a good read and I immensely enjoyed it. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.
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I love the idea of this book, and I liked the characters.  I would have enjoyed learning a little more about them all with more "showing" and less "telling,: I think.  There's a great basis and foundation for a story that comes from a period of time I lived through and is important to me.  I think it's important that we all share as many memories about the 60s as we can so it doesn't become trivialized, or sound too mythical.  I'm guessing that because the version I read of this book there was still work being done on the story, and I look forward to reading the finished version.
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