Rarity from the Hollow
by Robert Eggleton
Lacy Dawn is a little girl who lives in a magical forest where all the trees love her and she has a space alien friend who adores her and wants to make her queen of the universe. What’s more, all the boys admire her for her beauty and brains. Mommy is very beautiful and Daddy is very smart, and Daddy’s boss loves them all. Except. Lacy Dawn, the eleven year old protagonist, perches precariously between the psychosis of childhood and the multiple neuroses of adolescence, buffeted by powerful gusts of budding sexuality and infused with a yearning to escape the grim and brutal life of a rural Appalachian existence. In this world, Daddy is a drunk with severe PTSD, and Mommy is an insecure wraith. The boss is a dodgy lecher, not above leering at the flat chest of an eleven-year-old girl. Yes, all in one book. It is a children’s story for adults with a happily ever after ending.
To be completely honest, when I first agreed to review this book, I was more than a little nervous. Starting out, I knew it was going to touch base on more than one topic that I was not really used to reading about. My childhood was very sheltered and I do not expose myself to stuff as much as I probably should. I embraced it though, after all, my original career goal USED to be to go into Crimes Against Children. After reading this book three times, I can finally re-review it and give my honest feedback once again. (Especially since the blog has restarted – for the third time due to technical issues.)
I feel the need to start this by pointing out that even in the description it states; “It is a children’s story for adults with a happily ever after ending.” This book isn’t for children. Do not go out and buy this book for your kid. Do go out and buy this book for you, because it’s worth the read! Again, this book is NOT for children. I cringe at the thought of my daughter, my niece, or my nephews reading this. Even though most of the ‘worst’ stuff in the book is in the daily news. I dived headfirst into this book expecting one thing and receiving something completely different – in the good way of course.
The novel takes place in West Virgina and it deals with a whole slew of life issues. Sexual abuse, alcoholism, the imagination of children who are forced to live in a world that they may not actually want to live in. The first few chapters, the book dragged on for me. The most common emotion for me during the first chapters was confusion as I tried to figure out exactly what was going on. However, once I got further in the beginning made more sense to me as the story unfolded. You get to know the characters (whom are well written) and understand the world in which the novel takes place.
Stick with it and you will not be disappointed. I found myself captivated by the storyline and the characters and I give it a firm 4.5 out of 5 stars. I loved it and I cannot wait to see what else Robert Eggleton has in store for us!
I recieved this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are mine.