My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Im not even sure I can put into words a proper review for A Field Guide To Catching Crickets but im certainly going to try.
The way I stumbled on to this little jewel came about like this… I belong to a tiny reader group and I was late to the party one night (no surprise) – they were discussing a ‘banned’ book. I had just finished DNF’ing a ‘banned’ book because honestly it was so terrible it should never have been written in the first place. But this one… well, it caught my attention. I had to get my hands on it. I started researching and found the authors website. After reading what caused the ban and then reading a little more about the story and quite a bit about the author, I knew that this was the book for me.
Now… on with the show.
Characters – Sloan (Cricket) McQueen – was just a child (15yo) when she fell head over heels in love with Hawke Slater, the brother of her best friend. They are country kids – and live as country kids do. Outside, in the open. She is forced to leave her life and Hawke behind and move to Amsterdam – breaking both of their young hearts.
Hawke Slater – at age 18 gave his heart away and has no intention of retrieving it. It will forever belong to his Cricket. He loves her, she loved him. End of story in his mind. So what do you do when you lost your heart at such a young age? Go on to become the world’s biggest porn star of course. WHAT? (yeah.. didnt see that coming. heehee)
Story – I read this book weeks ago and have absolutely put off writing the review until the very last day. Its hard for me to type this even now. I became so emotionally engrossed in this story and that is something I try hard not to do. As a book reviewer/blogger who spends a good majority of my free time reading and reviewing books, it is invaluable that I keep my emotions separated from the story. I was totally unable to do that with Crickets. This story just hit too close to home for me, pushed all the buttons, rang all the bells.
There really was NOTHING it didnt have. Perfectly developed, three dimensional characters that jumped off the pages and into the room with you, a storyline that sucks you in and carries you along from beginning to end with no room for breaks.
A Field Guide To Catching Crickets is simply an amazing, emotional 5***** WickedGoodStar read if there ever has been one. I highly recommend it to EVERYONE!