05 July 2013
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Brunt, Carol. Tell the Wolves I'm Home. Random House, 2012.
June's favorite person in the world is her Uncle Finn, and when Finn dies, June feels as though she has been set adrift. Her grief only intensifies when she discovers that Finn's apartment has been taking over by his partner, and that his partner is also dying. June becomes friends with Toby, Finn's partner, in spite of her family's and friends' reactions to her associations with a gay man. Through it all, June learns more about her Uncle Finn and herself than she thought possible.
This book was a long, slow read. It wasn't a bad book, but the 1980's setting made it exceptionally unappealing. As an historical look at the AIDS epidemic, this was a good book, but it didn't hold much appeal for me, as the main character must necessarily be much older than I am, and I'm an adult. I cannot imagine a teen enjoying this story.
Recommended for: Adults. It's not an inappropriate book for teens, but I don't see it appealing to them. The story is just too dated to be modern, yet not dated enough to be historical.
Red Flags: Lots of alcohol and smoking in this book. Some mild profanity. The flower shop is vandalized, but no violence or sex at all.
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars