Here is another book I’m not sure how it ended up on my reading list. I think When We Were Vikings was an Amazon recommendation; one of so, so many books I have on my Kindle thanks to a $1.99 impulse buy.
Anywho, it did have an interesting description which led to my buying it:
For Zelda, a twenty-one-year-old Viking enthusiast who lives with her older brother, Gert, life is best lived with some basic rules:
- A smile means “thank you for doing something small that I liked.”
- Fist bumps and dabs = respect.
- Strange people are not appreciated in her home.
- Tomatoes must go in the middle of the sandwich and not get the bread wet.
- Sometimes the most important things don’t fit on lists.
But when Zelda finds out that Gert has resorted to some questionable—and dangerous—methods to make enough money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to launch her own quest. Her mission: to be legendary. It isn’t long before Zelda finds herself in a battle that tests the reach of her heroism, her love for her brother, and the depth of her Viking strength.
When We Were Vikings is an uplifting debut about an unlikely heroine whose journey will leave you wanting to embark on a quest of your own, because after all…
We are all legends of our own making.
Looking for some light but engaging bedtime reading, I metaphorically pulled this from the Kindle pile.
I have mixed feelings about this book as well. First of all, the publishers description above might not give you a complete picture of the story line here. Zelda has cognitive disabilities from fetal alcohol syndrome. The story is told from her perspective and with that challenge in mind.
The positive side of the book is clear: Zelda is a great character and has a great voice. She really drives the story and gives it depth and meaning.