Book Review: Our Little World by Karen Winn


Title: Our Little World

By: Karen Winn

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 352

Release Date: May 3rd,2022

Publisher: Dutton

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

"I was intrigued by Our Little World from the chilling first paragraph. It's a coming-of-age novel complicated by a tragic and untimely death, and it's also a novel about two sisters you will never forget. I fell in love with the confidence of the writing and the colorful nostalgia of the mid-'80s details. Our Little World will transport and transfix you."—Elin Hilderbrand

July 1985. It’s a normal, sweltering New Jersey summer for soon-to-be seventh grader Bee Kocsis. Her thoughts center only on sunny days spent at Deer Chase Lake, evenings chasing fireflies around her cul-de-sac with the neighborhood kids, and Max, the boy who just moved in across the street. That and the burgeoning worry that she’ll never be as special as her younger sister, Audrina, who seems to effortlessly dazzle wherever she goes.

But when Max’s little sister, Sally, goes missing at the lake, Bee’s long-held illusion of stability is shattered in an instant. As the families in her close-knit community turn inward, suspicious, and protective, things in Bee’s own home become increasingly strained, most of all with Audrina, when a shameful secret surfaces. With everything changed, Bee and Audrina’s already-fraught sisterhood is pushed to the limit as they grow up—and apart—in the wake of an innocence lost too soon.

Perfect for readers of Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, Our Little World is a powerful and lyrical coming-of-age story that examines the complicated bond of sisterhood, the corrosive power of envy, and how the traumas of our youths can shape our identities for a lifetime.


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A relatable story of a life that seems perfect on the outside. OK, I don't know if relatable is really the right word as not many people have their lives impacted by murder, but the way the author writes, you feel like you are in the characters shoes.

I enjoyed the easy flow of the story. How Winn moves her characters from one situation to another. When poor little Sally goes missing from the lake, I really dug in and felt the worry of the characters and how the loss impacted the community.

The summary really played on the murder aspect, making me think this was a murder mystery type story, but it seemed like everyone forgot about Sally throughout the whole middle of the book until the very end. I was hoping this theme would have played out more throughout the book. Considering that was the only thing I could think about as I was reading and was let down by how quick they wrapped up that part. It felt like an after thought.

This was an interesting read that brought me back the 80's, something that I haven't thought of in a very long time. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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