Book Review: Wilderness

Wilderness

Wilderness by Roddy Doyle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wilderness is a book for younger readers. I usually enjoy such books, but something about this one just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t connect with the characters. I couldn’t relate to them.

It’s a story of two boys who are taken on a wilderness holiday by their mother. She is keen to be away from home while her husband’s first wife visits their daughter, who lives with her dad. I enjoyed the mother/daughter relationship — the fear, anger and getting to know each other scenes. However, I didn’t enjoy the wilderness side of the book. It bordered on boring. It didn’t feel realistic. And the climax wasn’t very suspenseful.

It’s a story that explores relationships within dysfunctional families, which is a situation I know well, but that’s where my connection with this book ended.

Having said this, it wasn’t a terrible book, just not meaningful enough for my liking.

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