In this coming of age novel, Lettie and Bert squeak by in a tiny town on Cape Cod, one parent an alcoholic and the other absent. After a string of bad decisions on Lettie’s part, their father ships them to their barely remembered mother for the summer, where they will learn hard lessons about themselves, their family, and their future by way of the Florida swamp. Throughout Lettie keeps her biting humor flowing, her razor-sharp pen at the ready, and her eye on her quest for a “normal” life.
I am always unsure of self published books. No Alligators in Sight is a book I am very happy that I accept the request to review. This is a story of a teenager, thirteen years old, coming into herself and figuring out how to live life with the hand that was dealt to her. It is told from a teenagers point of view, which I loved since I am a mom to two teenage girls. It was true to how teenagers deal with life and how they react to the adults around them. Unfortunately Leticia, aka Annie, did not have a great home life. Her parents were separated, her dad was an alcoholic, and her mom was the most self centered person I have ever met. It was amazing to watch how Annie went from a bitter and sad little girl, who had adult responsibilities, to a teenager who was able to understand and accept that this was her life and it was up to her to make it whatever she wanted it to be.
Kirsten Feldman did an amazing job developing the characters and keeping the teenagers acting teenage like, from sneaking out to rolling the eyes and being sarcastic. She also described the different locations so well that I could smell the water and feel the breeze blowing in.
I recommend this book for teenagers, especially teenage girls, but I enjoyed it being a mother of teenagers.