Blackbird Summer by Em Shotwell (Review by Katie- #NerdGirlKtLBLy)

Blackbird Summer

Title: Blackbird Summer

Author: Em Shotwell

Published Date: April 5th 2015

Genre: Magical Realism, Southern Gothic


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When people fear the unknown, being Gifted is a curse.

In the cornerstone of the rural south, Brooklyn, Mississippi, no one dares make eye contact with the strange Caibre family. Until the rewards are worth the cost. The townsfolk come, cash in hand, always at night, to pay for services only a Gifted can provide.

No matter the Gifts prevalent in her family, at twenty-one, Tallulah is expected to follow the path laid out for her: marriage, babies, and helping her mama teach the family home school program. She’s resigned to live the quiet life and stay out of trouble…until she meets Logan.

An outsider and all around rebel, Logan doesn’t care about her family’s reputation. Yet after a tragic loss wreaks havoc on the crumbling relationship between the Caibres and the townsfolk, Tallulah must decide if love and freedom are worth risking everything

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***Katie- #NerdGirlKtLBLy)’s  Review***
Tallulah, Tully for short, and the rest of her family are not like everyone else who lives in Brooklyn Mississippi. They are all gifted, meaning some can help heal others through touch, some can control the weather with just their emotions and some can manipulate people just by looking them in the eye and telling them something. The whole town knows about their gifts and even though most of the people hate them, there are a few who still go to visit them for treatments or get fruit from their stand that they own. One day out, Tully meets an outsider named Logan. She always expected to live her entire life around her family and be married off to another gifted person, but with Logan now in the picture everything changes. They are both extremely attracted to one another and try to find ways to sneak around to be with one another. Things become worse for them though after Tully’s sister Delia is raped and left in a ditch. Tully’s family vows revenge on whoever did it and know they are all on their own since the police and everyone else in town think that with them manipulating people with their gifts that Delia is lying or deserved it.
I absolutely loved this story. I always thought I had things figured out, only to find out that I was wrong and wanted to keep reading without stopping to see how things would turn out. It has many surprising moments in it and finding out who was behind everything, my mouth literally dropped open from shock. Tallulah and her family go through so much with virtually no help from anyone except Logan. Tallulah and Logan’s relationship was also so cute and even though they are both so different you really root for them in the end. It’s definitely a good mystery book to read in the summer.


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