Book Review: The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard

Title: The Fates Will Find Their Way
Author: Hannah Pittard

Details: Hardcover, 256 pgs.
Published: Feb. 1st, 2011 by Ecco / HarperCollins
isbn: 006199605X (ISBN13: 9780061996054)
Reading Level: Adult
Source: HarperCollins 
in return for an honest review


Sixteen-year-old Nora Lindell is missing. And the neighborhood boys she’s left behind are caught forever in the heady current of her absence.
As the days and years pile up, the mystery of her disappearance grows kaleidoscopically. A collection of rumors, divergent suspicions, and tantalizing what-ifs, Nora Lindell’s story is a shadowy projection of teenage lust, friendship, reverence, and regret, captured magically in the disembodied plural voice of the boys who still long for her.
Told in haunting, percussive prose, Hannah Pittard’s beautifully crafted novel tracks the emotional progress of the sister Nora left behind, the other families in their leafy suburban enclave, and the individual fates of the boys in her thrall. Far more eager to imagine Nora’s fate than to scrutinize their own, the boys sleepwalk into an adulthood of jobs, marriages, families, homes, and daughters of their own, all the while pining for a girl–and a life–that no longer exists, except in the imagination.
A masterful literary debut that shines a light into the dream-filled space between childhood and all that follows, The Fates Will Find Their Way is a story about the stories we tell ourselves–of who we once were and may someday become.


My Thoughts:

This book was different.  The first person narration wasn’t from one specific person but was clearly speaking as, or for, the group of boys that we see throughout the story.  I can’t say I loved that perspective but it wasn’t bad either.
This story is kind of about what could have happened.  We see that Nora could have been kidnapped, she could have ran away, she could have done this or that.  And we see what may have happened if that had, in fact, happened.  I hated not knowing.  It drove me nuts!  I wanted to know where this girl disappeared to!  Each time I read what may have happened I was convinced that that’s what happened.  Until I read the next one.  It was frustrating for me!
It was interesting seeing how each person lived their life.  The ridiculous things that boys do, that kids do, even that adults do when faced with fear, uncertainty, lust and pretty much any feeling. 
I’m not sure how I really felt about this book.  There were parts that were pretty interesting, but other things that bugged me.
I think I’ll give it 3/5 moons though, as it was well wrote and the lives were pretty interesting.

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Disclosure: I received this book free of charge in return for an honest review.  I was not paid or influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own. 

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  1. I want to try to read this one and get to Pittard’s signing with David Levithan next month. I’ll keep the odd perspective in mind if I do get around to it soon.

    I’m not sure if I’ll be thrilled with the what ifs because I like knowing what is happening to. I sometimes hate the feeling I get when everything changes and it sounds like that happens a lot with this one.

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