Title: Kent State
Author: Deborah Wiles
Performers: Christopher Gebauer, Lauren Ezzo, Christina DeLaine, Johnny Heller, Roger Wayne, Korey Jackson, & David de Vries
Length: 1 hr, 59 min, 56 sec
Publishing Date/Publisher: 2020 by Scholastic Audio
Review: Poetry is not really my thing, so it was hard to rate this book. I listened to it in eAudiobook format, so it really felt like I was listening to a play with all the back and forth dialogues and monologues. I personally did not really enjoy it, but I didn’t give it a low rating because I appreciate the amount of research that went into it and I liked that the author showed several different conflicting perspectives. This gave a more complete picture of what happened (and why) on the fateful and tragic day of May 4, 1970.
Title: The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
Author: Kelly Harms
Page Count: 328
Publishing Date/Publisher: May 1, 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
Review: This book can be summed up in one word: tedious. I completely understand mommy guilt. I’ve experienced it many times myself, so Amy’s resistance to doing something nice for herself made sense to an extent, but at some point it just became frustrating. It took WAY too long for Amy to just accept the process of her “momspringa”. I wanted her to have fun, but she moped through the majority of the great experiences that were basically handed to her and I just found it to be exhausting. Also, has she never heard of the concept of a long distance relationship? Just another thing she resisted to an extent that made zero sense to me.
The one aspect of this book I really enjoyed was her daughter’s journal entries. Absolutely hilarious. I looked forward to coming across them throughout the book.
Honestly though, if this had not been a book club pick, I would most likely have DNFed it and saved myself a few hours of rolling my eyes.