If I had to choose one word to summarise May B it would be brave. The character, her actions and even the chosen writing style: all brave and bold and perfect. I loved the lyrical rhythm of the verse and how it contrasted so perfectly with May’s own problems with reading. I loved how vividly the author managed to create the barren and harsh landscape with so few words. Barely anything was given to this description but I still got an excellent sense of life and it’s hardships.
May is sent to help out at a neighbours homestead. It’s only supposed to be until Christmas but she ends up alone, trapped in the tiny house, surrounded by snow. To survive the winter May must figure out how to be strong, relying on memories and hope.
Without giving too much away, I love May. She had a hard life, made almost impossible by circumstances way beyond her control. Through all of this, she maintains a sense of herself and the further I read, the more I connected. This is a short review because it’s one of those books that you really need to read yourself to understand. For now though, I’ll leave you with the thought that May B is a sweet, very fast read that is worth every minute you give it.
Happy reading! L xoxo