Thursday, April 25, 2013

north of hope review

"North of Hope: A Daughter's Arctic Journey" is a memoir written by Shannon Huffman Polson reliving the author's grief and recovery after her parents having been killed by a bear in the Arctic while camping.  After the killing of her parents, Shannon, an Alaskan, decides to follow the route her parents took during their last trip in the Arctic.  She gets to know her parents better and settle her grief.
Though this is an amazing story, and really, how could she not have written a book about such unusual circumstances; it isn't all that good.  She goes into overkill with the descriptions.  She also goes off on off-the-wall analogies.  Shannon, the main character, is hard to get to know.  Rather than getting to know her personally, she presents herself to the reader in a melodramatic fashion that is a bit unnerving.  It's not poorly written; but it is distracting.  The writing style makes it hard to care about the characters.  I would recommend giving this book a try, for the storyline alone, however, it just wasn't my brand of book. C+
I received this book for free from Handlebar Publishing.

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