Ree Dolly's father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. With two young brothers depending on her, 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. Living in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks, Ree learns quickly that asking questions of the rough Dolly clan can be a fatal mistake. But, as an unsettling revelation lurks, Ree discovers unforeseen depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost.
July 11, 2006  |  225 pages
(Read from Jul 11, 2018 to Jul 12, 2018)
Grade: B+    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Entertainment, 30% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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Initially, the spare writing, left me constantly trying to fill in the blanks. I was hoping that watching the movie would fill some of those in…and it did a few, actually. Despite that, I would say that this story made an impression on me. With the harsh living conditions and indelible characters, and the hopelessness of Ree's situation, I really felt for her. I think the book is better for the usual reasons, but I also think watching the movie rounded out my experience.   (+1 vote)