The Story Girl

- Lucy Maud Montgomery

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Sara Stanley is only fourteen, but she can weave tales that are impossible to resist. In the charming town of Carlisle, children and grown-ups alike flock from miles around to hear her spellbinding tales. And when Bev King and his younger brother Felix arrive for the summer, they, too, are captivated by the Story Girl. Whether she’s leading them on exciting misadventure or narrating timeless stories–from the scary “Tale of the Family Ghost” to the fanciful “How Kissing Was Discovered” to the bittersweet “The Blue Chest of Rachel Ward”–the Story Girl has her audience hanging on every word.

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My Review:

meh, nothing special:

I’m struggling to understand the point of The Story Girl. The narrative is typical Montgomery; rambling, evocative, and brimming with childhood nostalgia. But so many parts didn’t make sense. Like why the narrative was told through Beverley’s perspective when it’s supposed to be about the Story Girl. Or what all these adults are doing traipsing across the globe, leaving a jumble of cousins to traverse the countryside largely ignored. And the magical stories were interesting but mostly interrupted the larger narrative at strange, unrelated points. The Story Girl’s stories, much like the story of The Story Girl, felt truncated and abrupt.

I’m undecided about continuing this series – I don’t know if The Golden Road will illuminate a point to these stories or if it will continue along in the same vein with no direction. It’s only just over 200 pages, so I’m not sure how much can be accomplished, but at least it will be a short read. I know some people adored The Story Girl, but I think I need more of a purpose in the narrative to feel connected to the characters.

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