Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann is essentially a coming of age story – all the pitfalls and newness of experiencing a first kiss, first love, and some of the harder hits that some have to take. In this novel we follow Eveline through her teenage life and her entrance into womanhood and it is one rocky journey.
At the start of the novel Eveline’s best friend Kate loses her mother to cancer and Kate comes to live with Eveline. Now a bit about Eveline’s mother – while I think she cares about her daughter I didn’t find her to be much of a mother. Eveline has way too much freedom to pretty much do whatever she wants including smoking, drinking, parties, and going out with boys. She didn’t have a really stable homelife from the beginning so it doesn’t surprise me when she seems so confused about what she wants from life and strives to always find love in the wrong places.
In this novel we get a really indepth look into Eveline’s life from her first boyfriend Jack who was quite moody and possessive of her but who she believed she loved fiercely. That was until she met Rourke, an older man who she quickly becomes obsessed with. She eventually breaks it off with Jack who is devastated and moves on to Rourke. That also ends up failing and then she kind of floats for a bit and ends up with Mark who she eventually plans to marry but that too doesn’t work out. In all of these relationships, to the men, Eveline always seems a bit out of reach and that’s what intrigues them; makes them want her more.
Eveline herself is an interesting character although I felt no attachment to her whatsoever. She just seemed such a lost soul; never really finding herself. She seemed to base so much of who she was on what relationship she was in. Once her friendship with Kate seemed to sour she never really had a friend anymore. She just seemed to always be hanging out with the guys. Now I know young girls have a tendency to really focus on a relationship that they’re in but I felt that Eveline really carried things to unhealthy limits. As for any of the other characters in the novel, I felt no connection to them at all either and I didn’t really feel the author developed their characters in any way that would enable us to connect to them.
Anthropology of an American Girl is a big novel at almost six hundred pages and to be honest I really wanted to like it because the description alone captured my interest but this is one book I just couldn’t connect to. While I enjoyed some of the writing I just felt it was much too long and dwelt too much on the more depressing side of things for me. However this book has gotten some great reviews and I think it’s one of those novels that a reader will either like or not like so this is just my opinion. Another reader who enjoys this type of story and writing will love this novel so be sure to check out other reviews before deciding on whether or not you’d like to read it. Even better, be sure to enter the giveaway and win your own copy to decide!
I read Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. Be sure to check out what others on the tour thought of the book here. Also check out the website and Facebook page for the novel and be sure to find Hilary on Twitter. You can purchase your own copy of Anthropology of an American Girl here in the US and here in Canada.
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