Gypsy Boy is a fascinating look at Walsh’s experience growing up in a Gypsy family. While it doesn’t exactly shed much light on the overall culture of the community – something that I definitely struggled with, since he kept saying that he loved the culture and way of life, but didn’t elaborate – it does do a great job of illustrating his family life. That’s really where the strength of this book lies.
There are good and bad things about this book. Let’s start with the good: Rebels by Accident does a great job of portraying Mariam’s paradigm shift between seeing Egypt and Egyptians as “backwards” and ultimately starting to identify herself as something more complex than “just American”.
Push absolutely sucked me in from the first sentence. The way that Precious just lays everything out there right from the beginning was enthralling and horrifying at the same time; I couldn’t even begin to fathom the anguish that the character had gone through before the point where the book picks up.
I will start out by saying: I am a sucker for true-to-form gothic tales of secrets and deception. And The Thirteenth Tale definitely fit the bill.
There’s really not a lot I can say about this book without giving too much away.