I had read a strong review for Stacy Atkinson’s book online, which led me to buying the ebook. It was a very nice discovery to read stuck, and get into the mind of Odette – her 20 something heroine.
At first, I truly felt stuck in Odette’s world. There were friends and family who gave me a laugh or caused some reflection (Odette’s best friend is about move across Canada, which makes me think about all the times I’ve moved away from great friends), and yet the clever repetition of nights working for the town convenience store truly put me into Odette’s world of being stuck. The repetitive ring of the door when customers entered was brilliant.
My relief came with Odette’s relief as she slips away to the coastline a bit at a time. It becomes so clear early on that this is what will save her, even before the romances being to spark with mystery adventurers and wealthy yacht-sailing millionaires.
This book is a great contemporary read. I like the slow awakening within Odette to resist being so totally stuck, and I like how it’s not her roots and culture that keep her stuck but rather her own mindsets and inhibitions. The Acadian setting is wonderful and the mixture of French and English is fantastic – wisps of French drop into the conversation of English and no explanation is required.
Stuck is a visit to the ocean’s coast, a long taste of Eastern Canada. I wanted to find Odette on that beach and be there with her, and cheer her forward with each inkling of change. Atkinson carried me along the wave of Odette’s personal journey, and had me invested in her adventure. To me, that’s a darn good book. Beautifully done.
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Mirror Image Publishing (July 26 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0991754328
- ISBN-13: 978-0991754328
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 259 g
- Customer Reviews: 4 customer ratings
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
#1,405,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #13382 in Coming of Age Fiction (Books)