Rooted by Idabel Allen

3.5 rounded up to 4 for the controversial Southern spirit mixed with New York language

This book was really something different! I got into it fairly quickly and was surprised by the pace and style drawing me in, despite the unnatural melange of characters, happenings, family ties refinding their purpose and connections. The mix and match of language and story is unforgettable, pretty original to say the least.

My favorite character who underwent a significant rebirth or development is Grover. I had a feeling from the beginning that he was the guy who would clear things up eventually, yet he took even more responsibility than I would have imagined. I also liked Miss Josie’s warmth and understanding about human nature and real life. I was somehow so grateful for the goodness she helped spreading towards Sarah Jane and Slade.

The book is sprinkled every few pages or so with old wisdom phrases and aims to teach about the hardships of life, taking ownership of one’s actions and how they could affect other people. Family is the center of it all, the idea that without family one is nothing.

All in all, this book has it all, and the Southern lifestyle seems to be the base and the heart of the plot. I recommend you give it a try and check for yourself if this novel suits you. It has a way too colorful mix of events and moods to be straight to the point and it is not that easy to classify.

Thanks so much to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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