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The People We Keep av Allison Larkin
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The People We Keep (utgåvan 2021)

av Allison Larkin (Författare)

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Medlem:AlliLea
Titel:The People We Keep
Författare:Allison Larkin (Författare)
Info:Gallery Books (2021), 368 pages
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The People We Keep av Allison Larkin

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The People We Keep by Allison Larkin is not being marketed as a YA novel (probably due to some light sexual scenes), but I think it may find its audience there as it follows a pretty classic coming-of-age narrative. At almost 16, April has already endured a lot of difficulty in life — her mother left when she was young, and her father recently took up with a new woman and basically abandoned her in their old mobile home. When her father destroys her guitar in a fit of rage, April decides nothing is keeping her in her hometown, so she steals a car and begins traveling the country. The book takes up at different points in her travels, meeting all kinds of people and having experiences good and bad. When life throws her a curveball she can’t ignore, she realizes that some of these people are in her life to stay. Larkin’s writing definitely surpasses most typical YA, and the universal themes of friendship and family endure. Readers of Jennifer Niven, Mary HK Choi, and other mature or adult YA readers will enjoy this novel. ( )
  Hccpsk | Sep 18, 2021 |
The People We Keep is a charming, though often heartbreaking, story, of a young woman who raised herself. Both her parents were alive, but her mother left long ago and her dad moved in with his girlfriend, leaving April to raise herself. Luckily, her dad’s ex-girlfriend didn’t break up with April when she broke up with her dad. Margo is there with support and love and a job waiting tables after school

But April is a singer/songwriter and school is getting in the way of her future. When her father, in a moment of anger, breaks her guitar, April takes his car and hits the road. Over the next several years she finds love, friendship, and heartbreak. She also builds a following and a routine traversing the eastern seaboard, calling home to Margo so she won’t worry.

She was sixteen when she hit the road and lying about her age and her history is second nature. She fears if she is honest, she will lose people, but when she finally finds someone who knows her whole story and they still love her, well that is a real crisis because she has a new reason to lie

I loved The People We Keep. How many of us know people who expect to be left, so they leave first? They might be good with casual friendships, but the experience of abandonment as a child has left them unable to trust love. After all, if your own parents who are obligated to love you unconditionally abandon you, what can you expect from anyone else. This is so real.

And so as a reader, I found myself telling April to give people a chance, don’t go, tell them your problem and you will see they still love you. But as a person who has seen this in action, no about of telling someone they are loved and valuable can fix what was broken until people find a way to accept their past.

This story felt emotionally authentic which is why it was so often heartbreaking.

I received an ARC of The People We Keep from the publisher through Shelf Awareness

The People We Keep at Gallery Books | Simon & Schuster
Allison Larkin author site

https://tonstantweaderreviews.wordpress.com/2021/08/06/9781982171292/ ( )
  Tonstant.Weader | Aug 6, 2021 |
Actual Rating: 3.75 stars
Review: This was, in my opinion, a good book. I enjoyed the story. It also has a great message, especially for the teenage/young adult age brackets. Although the story was good (and I did enjoy it), I don't think that this book was ultimately for me. While I liked most of the characters and the setting, something about the book made me think, "I read it. I liked it. It's one-and-done." ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 28, 2021 |
When your family leaves you, and you’re constantly living in survival mode, the people you choose to collect in your life can make all the difference. April’s journey is rough, heartbreaking, resourceful and filled with heart. I laughed out loud at many parts and teared up as well. Definitely pick this one up, the feelings it provokes will be hard to shake.
*I received an arc from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review ( )
  KimMcReads | Jul 21, 2021 |
This was one of the most heartbreaking novels I have ever read-at least lately. But, it was a novel that I just couldn't put down. I stayed up all hours biting my nails to see what would happen with April and her wanderings.

And I would have given this novel the whole 5 stars, but near the end, I stopped and thought - The first time April had to deal with an unfair reality (and it was totally unfair of her father, don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to be snarky). The second time April reacts to a threat the way she did was heart-wrenching, but the third time problems (and yes, they were big problems) occurred in her life, she just reacted the same way she did the first two times. She didn't learn or grow.

But I'm happy to say that there is a happy ending, and people from her past all show up to give her the love she missed during her growing-up years.

*ARC supplied by the publisher, the author, and ATTL/Edelweiss. ( )
  Cats57 | Jun 9, 2021 |
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