Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The Buried Book by D.M. Pulley
Synopsis From Back Cover:
When Althea Leary abandons her nine-year-old son, Jasper, he's left on his uncle's farm with nothing but a change of clothes and a Bible.
It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one know where his mother went or whether she' coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.
As he's drawn deeper into an adult world of corruption, scandal, and murder, Jasper uncovers the shocking past still chasing his mother - and now it's chasing him too.
Why does it seem that the vast majority of publishers synopses either exaggerate an aspect of the book, or take you in a totally misleading direction? Half the time when I sit down at the computer to write a review, I want to rebut an aspect of the synopsis, but I'm going to reign that instinct in this time around. It's not that the inconsistencies don't bug me, because they do, but it's rather that I'm too tired to write my own synopsis, and the issues I have with the publisher's version aren't bugging me enough to force my hand.
And I think that's the overriding feeling I have towards the book as a whole. I'm simply apathetic towards the finished product, and I have no clue on what to say about it. If I could state I loved it, or even hated it, that would be one thing. I could then pull it apart, highlight the reasons behind either feeling, and finish with why I think you should or shouldn't read it. Rather, I find myself in this rather limbo like existence, and I feel horrible about it. I didn't like it, nor dislike it, and that's all I can really say about the story itself.
Regardless of my antipathy towards the book, I'm absolutely enthralled by the hero of the book, Jasper. I don't think it's possible for me to come across a fictional kid, and love them more than I do him. He has to be the bravest, most stubborn, and determined character I've come across in a very long time. I do think he acts a little too old at times, and I'm not really sure an actual nine year old would have acted in the manner he did, but I really wish I would have been as brave as him at that age. If I ever read this book again, it will be because of Jasper.
I would like to thank Lisa of TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to read/review this book. Please visit the tour page to read more reviews.