My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Traveling Sisters Review by Brenda with Lindsay, Susanne and Jennifer
I read The Boat Runner with three of my Traveling Sisters and we were split into different coulees with this one. Some of spilt in the all my heart and emotion Lush Coulee and the rest of us were lost in the overwhelmed Dreary Coulee.
The Boat Runner is an ambitious original heartbreaking heavy story of personal tragedy for our main character 14-year-old Jacob. When we first meet Jacob things started off a little slow for us as we see and get comfortable with Jacob’s comfortable life and his strong relationship with his brother and parents. Very quickly personal tragedy hits Jacob and his family and we are surrounded by grief, loss, and guilt. This is where we slowing started making our way out of the coulee with half of us separating into the Lush Coulee and the other half getting lost in the Dreary Coulee. So much is thrown at Jacob and very quickly the story became overwhelming with the relentless grief and sadness for some of us. For the sisters lost and really enjoying the Lush Coulee they were drawn to the the intense emotion and felt like they were living through this devastating time with Jacob and were completely immersed in his life.
Devin Murphy does a good job creating strong characters faced with tough decisions that had us thinking, questioning and discussing their choices. We enjoyed discussing and seeing how differently we felt towards this story
The Boat Runner left us all feeling exhausted but in different ways. The sisters in the Lush Coulee were left feeling exhausted in a good way making this one an unforgettable story and the rest of us exhausted and just wanting to get out of the Dreary Coulee. We all still highly recommend this one.
Thank you to Edelweiss, Harper Perennial and Devin Murphy for a copy to read and review.
This was a gripping, heart wrenching and heart pounding WWII story. I am emotionally exhausted after finishing this book.
This novel follows Jacob, a 14 year-old Dutch boy who lives through countless wartime atrocities. He is forced to make major life decisions with a conflicted heart and mind. I grew attached to each and every character throughout Jacob’s journey – the author, Devin Murphy, did an outstanding job with character development. I was completely captivated by Jacob in this coming-of- age story – I was rooting for him from start to finish. I found myself fully immersed in his situation, feeling his pain over the many personal losses he faced, contemplating his confusing life changing decisions, struggling to find the strength to have hope and continue on.
Murphy did a phenomenal job pulling me right into the emotion of this devastating, yet engrossing journey. My heart was pounding with intensity during several parts of this traumatic and unforgettable debut novel. There were a couple sections that started to drag (only very slightly) but they picked right back up soon after. This story was a slower paced build up, but well worth the wait!
A big thank you to Edelweiss, Harper Perennial and Devin Murphy for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review! I am already highly anticipating this author’s next work!