Overall ranking: 3/5
Foxlowe is a new book to my bookshelves, which would regularly mean it was to be put on my long list of books to be read. But, in this case, I won the book in a giveaway to promote Eleanor Wasserberg’s debut novel. The company asked that I review the book, and share it with them by the beginning of next month.
So, it was pushed to the top of my list.
The novel is told by Green, a child who spent her childhood apart of the cult that calls Foxlowe home, who paints her experience to be much better than it actually was. The cult follows pagan like rituals, and attempt to live off the land and become one with nature. None of the members have regular jobs, and Green and the other children have no form of education.
Green spends the novel attempting to tell Blue’s story, a young girl who was given to the cult after her birth, who Green allowed the Bad to get to during her first Solstice. In reality, Green attempts to explain the actions that resulted in Foxlowe being closed down after Child Services was called when Blue told the truth.
Admittedly, Green was a bit of a challenging narrator to follow. I had to go back a number of times to understand what she was saying, espcailly when she would mention the abuse put on her and the other children by one of the Leaders, Freya. She briefly mentions hunger pains that she’s become used to, and later on in her life develops a desire to purge on food as a subconscious fear of being hungry as she was during her childhood. Attempting to explain a confusing social dynamic through the eyes of a child is a struggle, though this book did it very well.
When Green leaves Foxlowe, she has obvious issues attempting to let go of the past that she romanticized and couldn’t fully understand. She acts as her previous role models did, with lose morals in an attempt to work out her previous issues.