Monday, March 6, 2017
The Girl Savage by Katherine Rundell
Release Date: January 6, 2011
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository
Wilhelmina Silver’s world is golden. Living half-wild on an African farm with her horse, her monkey and her best friend, every day is beautiful. But when her home is sold and Will is sent away to boarding school in England, the world becomes impossibly difficult. For lions and hyenas are nothing compared to packs of schoolgirls. Where can a girl run to in London? And will she have the courage to survive?
I loved this book and I thought that the writing was beautiful. The writing style felt similar to Enid Blyton, so if you love her books you're going to love this book! It only took me a day to read it because it is so incredibly short (only 231 pages! What?!). I'm so glad that I read it though because it was such a beautiful story with lovely descriptions.
It was really interesting to read a story that is set in Africa, a place that I've never read a book set in. The description of the African landscape was gorgeous and made me feel like I was there. I loved the relationships that Will created with the creatures in this book; the fact that she treated them like humans was really lovely and I enjoyed reading about her adventures.
One thing that did annoy me a little was the fact that the African characters kept on saying 'ja'. I know this is trying to show what their accents are like, but I kept on picture them talking in a German accent. Also the fact that there were native expressions in the conversations with no translations was a little confusing, but it was easy to get over it.
I thought the character development in this book was phenomenal and so realistic. When Will is tossed into a whole new environment that she has never experienced before, she didn't settle in right away. She finds that world difficult to understand but over time she realised that she doesn't have to hate her new life. I really loved that the character development took time and didn't suddenly happen.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone that needs a break from all the young-adult, dystopian books that are being written these days. It gave me a break between books and I really enjoyed reading it. Although this book is aimed at younger children it gets serious at points and doesn't feel childish at all. It was a fun, quick read and I can't wait to read more Katherine Rundell!