DOC [When We Were Animals somalia] By Joshua Gaylord

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S is Lumen's confessional as a well behaved and over achieving teenager she fell beneath the sway of her community's darkest strangest secret For one year beginning at puberty every resident breaches during the full moon On these nights adolescents run wild destroying everything in their pathLumen resists Promising her father she will never. I m reduced to one word descriptors Lyrical haunting sexy disturbing dark and oddly beautiful and dangerous A smart and challenging anti coming of age story that doesn t gloss over the damage we cause to ourselves and to who we love in the process of finding out who we are I like to imagine that Lumen hangs out with Shirley Jackson s Merricat Does this ualify as a review Ah who cares Read the book

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When We Were Animals

Breach she investigates the mystery of her community's traditions and the stories erased from the town record But the we learn about the town's past the we realize that Lumen's memories are harboring secrets of their ownA gothic coming of age tale for modern times When We Were Animals is a dark provocative journey into the American heartla. This book was a bit of a surprise It s predominantly about a young girl and her experience taking part in her small town s breaching ritual in which all the teenagers strip naked and run around the town like animals fighting for dominance and well fornicating like rabbits under the full moonThat might sound like a bit of a gimmick story but I have to say the writing was excellent and it really sold the concept to me The many references to the moon on the blurb led me to believe I was getting some kind of werewolf story but it s actually just a dark literary coming of age tale with this weird fictional ritual as a backdrop where the kids are taken over by a animalistic mind set I d really like to see literary fiction taking out of the box concepts like this one because this really worked for me and just screams originiality Definite recommendation 4 Stars

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A small uiet Midwestern town which is unremarkable save for one fact when the teenagers reach a certain age they run wildWhen Lumen Fowler looks back on her childhood she wouldn't have guessed she would become a kind suburban wife a devoted mother In fact she never thought she would escape her small and peculiar hometown When We Were Animal. 45 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum hearing about this book from so many people I just knew I had to experience it for myself And now that I ve read it When We Were Animals may well be the most interesting book to hit my shelves this year I m still finding it difficult to categorize this unconventional coming of age tale which combines elements from a variety of genres including mystery paranormal and horrorMost of the story is told in retrospect as protagonist Lumen Fowler looks back on her childhood growing up in a small uiet Midwestern town with a big dark secret For a few nights every month during the full moon the town s teenagers run naked and free through the streets like animals seized by a mysterious and uncontrollable urge known as breaching Every resident of this town has gone through it and know to also expect it in their children which typically coincides with puberty and lasts about a year Breaching is just something everybody goes through an unavoidable and natural fact of life about growing up in this townBut is it really inevitable Lumen hardly remembers her mother who died when she was very little but she is intrigued by the stories her father tells about how Lumen s mother never went breach Always the good girl the high achiever who never gets in trouble or gives cause for worry Lumen makes a promise to her father that she will never breach either determined not to succumb to the call of her baser instincts and join her peers in the unrestrained orgies of sex violence and wild abandon during the full moonsIt doesn t take much reading between the lines to figure out When We Were Animals is an allegory for growing up specifically for the tumultuous period when a young person transitions from adolescence to adulthood What fascinated me is the story s ability to illustrate a range of perceptions towards the concept of breaching Residents seem both proud and ashamed that such a phenomenon is uniue to their town and parents of breaching teenagers treat it with a mixture reverence and trepidation while children both dread and look forward to the day when they too will be called It is beautiful and magical but also messy and frightening What everyone in Lumen s hometown can agree on though is that breaching is an important rite of passage once you enter and emerge from the other side childhood ends and the journey to adulthood beginsWhat singlehandedly made this book so great was the character of Lumen whose personality gives this coming of age story an even uniue spin Small and unassuming our protagonist isn t someone who would stand out in a crowd At school she would be the one hanging out on the edges of a group the girl you don t really notice is there Ironically the fact that she s different from the other kids just makes her even invisible and being a late bloomer doesn t help either widening the divide between her and her peersLumen s introspective nature means that this is a very personal narrative light on plot but heavy on character She loves to read and learn and her very unusual way of looking at things made it so that I hung on her every word This story isn t the kind where a lot of things happen and instead emphasizes internal dialogue over action But I was captivated by it nonetheless In Lumen I saw not only a teenager struggling to find her identity but also a girl trying to reconcile her desires to fit in and yet still stand out from the rest It s a motivating factor in all that she does whether it s asking her dad for stories about her mom or looking up definitions of her peculiar name It shines a new light on her determination not to go breach which becomes than just a way to connect to the mother she never knew Not breaching ultimately becomes something she hopes can define her an achievement she can call her own and make a part of herselfI was completely charmed by Lumen who is now an adult in a new town with a new name with her own family telling us about her past This is what made the audiobook such a pleasure to listen to The only downside was sometimes not knowing whether we re in the past or present since the transitions weren t always obvious in the audio but the narration was simply fantastic My praise goes to narrator Suehyla El Attar bringing Lumen to life Her voice became the character s voice and after that it was just a matter of letting go and allowing the story to transport you to another time another placeAt times eerie and unsettling at others powerful and heartwarming When We Were Animals has a lot to say about topics like independence and teenage rebellion and peer pressure There are the moments that disturbed and horrified me many of which are related to the descriptions of what goes on when the teenagers were breaching but there were also scenes that touched me especially those featuring the closeness between Lumen and her father This an absolutely fantastic and well executed story about the stark realities of human nature and growing up I m still reeling from the rollercoaster of emotions


10 thoughts on “When We Were Animals

  1. says:

    something terrible happened i had a copy of this book in which i had folded over so many pages scenes i wanted to revisit and passages i wanted to share when it came time to write this review and then it was tak

  2. says:

    45 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum hearing about this book from so many people I just knew I had to experience it for myself And now that I’ve read it When We Were Animals may well be the most interesting book to hit my shelves this year I’m still finding it difficult to categorize this unconventional comin

  3. says:

    The problem with audiobooks is that you can't highlight the beautiful passages and when you're finished you can't easily go back and read and re read your favourite parts So it's a bit of a shame I listened to When We Were Animals

  4. says:

    I love coming of age stories I will gladly read the minutiae of a character's adolescence and their reflections on life and all that I love relating to the characters which happens a lot since they are often awkward lonersI also hate

  5. says:

    When We Were Animals is getting a lot of high praise and it’s all true Every bit of itAnd then there was meThe writing in

  6. says:

    I'm reduced to one word descriptors Lyrical haunting sexy disturbing dark and oddly beautiful and dangerous A smart and challenging anti coming of age story that doesn't gloss over the damage we cause to ourselves and to who we love in the process of finding out who we are I like to imagine that Lumen hangs out

  7. says:

    One of the best and most original coming of age stories I have ever read A combination of beautiful prose and horrifying situations I'll be thinking about this one for awhile

  8. says:

    ‘We live our lives by measures of weeks months years but the creatures we truly are those are exposed in frac

  9. says:

    This book was a bit of a surprise It's predominantly about a young girl and her experience taking part in her small town's

  10. says:

    3 12 starsOn the surface this book is a YA story that takes on a strange phenomena something the sleepy Midwestern town keeps secret from outsiders Starting at puberty all the town’s teenagers “breach” during the nights of the full moon They rip their clothes off; destroy themselves and property; have indiscriminate sex with each other only to wake up bloody and bruised the next morning What really happens during the nights of the