I received “The Secret Wisdom of the Earth” by Christopher Scotton from Goodreads for free for an honest review. Upon receiving this book I was excited to read the story because of the hype it had received. While this book received a lot of hype and I was excited to read it. There are obvious flaws in the plot, but beyond that the story jumps around and at times it was difficult to follow. When it comes down to it, I did enjoy the story and learning about very serious issues that effect people who live in Kentucky.
This is a coming-of-age story that takes the readers to the Kentucky mountains. Within the story the readers are able to see how beautiful the nature is and how delicate it can be. Throughout the story the readers learn about real and serious issues such as coal mining, poverty, and homophobia. The issues are not laughed or portrayed in a joking manner but in a very real, and honest way and bring the issues to life.
There are three main characters; Kevin, Pops, and Buzzy. The characters have flaws, just as people, which makes the characters likable, realistic, and approachable. By having the characters realistic readers are able to identify with the character. Obviously there are more than just 3 characters in the story. These characters that support the main characters bring a complexity to the story. As a reader you will want to learn more about the supporting characters, which brings that mystery aspect to the story.
The ending of the story was done in a way that felt predictable but did give the story closure.
While I neither enjoyed nor disliked this story I believe it is a worthwhile read. Readers are able to learn some valuable lessons and about some serious issues that still effect people from Kentucky of today. So, for this reason I recommend this book.
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My next book is Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Lauel Oke Logan