Monday, March 4, 2019

Book Review: The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Re-reading #6, some new notes.
Nearly every year I re-read this book in the spring. Even though the entire book takes place late fall, it just brings the peacefulness of spring with it.

This year I re-read with a friend, because the only thing better than reading a favorite book is to read it with a friend and gush over favorite passages together. Our text feed from this past week is filled with "where are you" and quotes and an outpouring of emotion.

She described the book as melancholy and I love that. It is like a rainy day. It feels quiet, it moves a little slower, it makes you want to snuggle up with a November cake and sigh contentedly. And, it's a little sad.

The emotions of this book always surprise me a little because the characters themselves aren't necessarily that emotional. The steady, strong, calm Sean and the dedicated, fierce, reactionary Puck don't spend a lot of time talking about sadness or love. Now, Puck does talk about frustration and anger a bunch ... but that's just the red-head in her.

However, there are parts in the story that always make me feel a little emotional. The ending, which seems like where most people find stories to be emotional, in the kitchen when Sean brings bread for dinner, anytime Puck talks about Finn's code or someone tells Puck or Sean that something isn't a good idea ("I didn't know it was the hard way when I started.")

There are so many good lines too. I mean, this was my 6th time reading this book. So many lines I say along now (I was listening this time) and then I just smile. Because the line is so good. Because the book is so good that I've memorized the line. Because loving a book is such a unique activity.

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