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Tumbleweeds is like a cross between Friday Night Lights and The Thorn Birds. :D This is a very hard review for me to write because I don't want to give away any spoilers, so this one will be short and sweet. I truly want you to read this with as little information as possible. As a matter of fact, don't read the book flap either....just pick up a copy of the book and start reading!
Cathy Benson leaves her privileged life in San Francisco to go live with her grandmother in the Texas panhandle town of Kersey when she's eleven after her parents are tragically killed. She is instantly befriended by the sixth grade Big Men On Campus, Trey Don Hall and John Caldwell. Both boys are smiten with Cathy from the first time they lay eyes on her, and they grow up together the best of friends. One of the boys decides he wants to date her their junior year while the other is in love with her, too. A string of unfortunate events ensue during their senior year, and there are many heart-stopping moments in the narrative.
There is a lot of football in this book. The Texas panhandle worships the sport, as does Central Alabama. Now y'all know from reading my blog that I love football, but I think that the sport should be kept in perspective. Meacham does a great job in balancing the community's football obsession with what's truly important.
Let me say that I did not find the ending satisfying, and I hope that there's a sequel. I really want Ms. Meacham to write one!!! *pretty please*
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Until next time...