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The November Girl Paperback – November 7, 2017
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"Complex and haunting, The November Girl looks for the light in the darkest of places. Powerful and evocative." – Mindy McGinnis, Edgar Award-winning author of The Female of The Species
"Kang leaves the reader breathless as she brings the reader with Anda and Hector in a heart-pounding romance that must survive the storm." – Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait
"With her trademark beautiful prose, Lydia Kang's love story between a troubled boy and a literal force of nature is exquisitely drawn and heart-wrenching. Set in the unforgiving autumn forests on Lake Superior's Isle Royale, you'll be rooting for Hector and Anda to find strength in each other despite very real threats beyond their control. Magical and thrilling, The November Girl will haunt you long after you finish." – Maurene Goo, author of I Believe In A Thing Called Love
"The November Girl should be savored by lantern, under a wool blanket on a chilly rainswept night. Brimming with Lydia Kang's smart prose and evocative imagery, The November Girl is an atmospheric, haunting tale of love, sacrifice, and self-acceptance that builds like a rogue wave toward its stunning conclusion." – Elle Cosimano, award-winning author of Nearly Gone
"An intense and beautifully written romance that had me bracing myself until the final page." – Brenda Drake, NYT bestselling author of Thief of Lies
"Absolutely stunning in its beauty! I've never read a book quite like The November Girl. You don't want to miss this unique and mesmerizing tale." – Pintip Dunn, NYT bestselling author of Forget Tomorrow
5 stars: "Andy's loneliness is heart wrenching. Hector really made my heart ache though. This book is hauntingly beautiful and full of discovery. I highly recommend this young adult fantasy!" –Amy Leigh, Amazon Reviewer
5 stars: "I was left breathless from this novel. It was such a beautiful, dark, dangerous love story that is right up my alley. I was hooked and lost at sea, sucked in from the beginning." – Amanda Scheel, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: "Finding a book that takes you into a different world and allows you to experience it "first hand" is rare. I'm so excited about this book because it does all of that and so much more." – Leigh Creech, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: "[Lydia Kang] wove a lovely tale involving two people that were halves and made them whole as individuals and as one. [...] Typically I am not a fan of books without dialogue but this one reeled me in and kept me there until the last wave was gone." – Tammy, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: "Kang has a way with words that makes the setting of Isle Royale and the characters inhabiting it come to life in a magical and beautiful way. I'd read this again and would definitely recommend." – Leah, Write, Edit, Read, Repeat
5 stars: "The story was such a beautiful, dark, spooky, dangerous love story! Which is what I'm completely in to. I was fully captured since the beginning of the book. It was incredible to see how human beings are able to understand both good and evil. I LOVED IT!" – Kyree Hummel, Netgalley Reviewer
5 stars: "I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to lose yourself in a good book. It's unique plot and well put together structure make it a no brainer!!" – Amber Koch, Amazon Reviewer
About the Author
Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.
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November Girl by Lydia Kang was a breathtaking novel to read. It was truly a unique, dark, and creepy story for those who are like myself who are always game for a little darkness in their books. Lydia Kang’s writing will draw you into this story and it will run rampant through your mind like a summer storm even after you set the book down.
November Girl is told from two POVs of the main characters Hector and Anda. These characters came alive off of the page thanks to Kang’s wonderful style of writing. They were captivating and realistic. I wanted to know everything about them.
The first character is Hector a 17-year-old who runs to Isle Royale, a deserted island in the middle of Lake Superior, to hide out until he turns 18. When he turns 18 he won't be required to return to his family home. He doesn't expect to see anyone on the island when the last boat leaves because of the storms rumored to plaque the island around that time of year, but then he sees Anda and everything changes.
The next character Anda is a weather witch and half-human. She is described as the November storm that shuts down her island Isle Royale every winter. She can control the lake, and the legends surrounding her states, the majority of ships that sink in November is all because of her. The deaths of sailors is what helps keep Isle Royale alive. Each and every year the island evacuates in October leaving Anda completely alone on the island with no one else to interact with.
All in all this was a riveting book that I would recommend for those seeking magic, compelling characters, and an a chilling adventure. The only negative I found was how the love between Anda and Hector felt forced in some part and I didn't really feel the connection between them so, I couldn’t connect to it. The characters on their own were developed wonderfully but I wanting to see more passion in the love between them.
Child abuse: We didn't witness any of it, but we were told about it.
Self Harm: We get to both see it, and hear about it.
The November Girl is a fresh take on Magical Realism. It is a breathtaking story that stars a girl who is half human/half witch, and a boy who running away from his abusive Uncle.
Anda isn't your typical kind of witch; she is the November storm. She is creature who feeds on chaos and drowning souls. The sooner it is till November, the less of a human she becomes. But when Anda sees Hector, or as she said " he saw her", something changed. Now wait a second, this isn't an insta love story where the boy cures the girl with his love. Nope!
They both plan to stay away from each other; after all, they are all hiding and don't want to be seen. I will say however, that the romance that developed was kind of weird. The good kind of weird. Through her interactions with Hector, we see how being half witch affects her. Her actions, her knowledge, and her thoughts are out of this world. But she is still a creature of chaos, she is made of something that made Hector escape his home to this deserted Island. Hector makes her feel things she had never felt before; makes her feel more human. These small things include being hungry.
For the 1st time since forever, Hector feels loved when he is with Anda. But what would he do when he discovers who she really is?
The truth is ugly; the truth hurts, but the heart wants what it wants.
However, it is not up to them. You can say that there are some " external Factors and Powers" that don't want Anda and Hector to be together.
This is also an #OwnVoices book because Hector is half Korean/ half African American, and the author is half Korean, half American. I believe that Hector's race played an important role in what makes Hector, Hector. It definitely wasn't just tossed in to make the cast of characters diverse.
The last thing I am going to talk about is the art of description that went into this book. Not only is it done in a very unique way, but also the author managed to give feelings to intimate objects. She turned a freakin' setting place into a fully fleshed character!!!!
This was a magical read, and I highly recommend it if you want to bless your senses with Lydia Kang's talent of transporting the reader into the world that she created.
I received an eARC in exchange with an honest review
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