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Review: Byrd

April 17, 2014


Addie and Roland are great childhood friends but they drift apart late in high school as friends often do.  After they graduate, Addie heads to college and Roland hits the road with his band.  They still think about each other, though, and after she breaks up with a boyfriend, Addie reaches out to Roland.  She visits him in California and returns home pregnant.  Without telling Roland, she decides to give the baby up for adoption even though doing so leaves a hole in her heart.

Addie names the baby Byrd and thinks about him constantly and writes him letters that she can’t mail.  She finally decides to try to find Byrd and realizes she must contact Roland again.  Things don’t turn out the way she plans, though – her decision changes her life and Roland’s forever.

Byrd by Kim Church is a fascinating book about the way relationships and decisions change our lives.  The story is told in the third person through short sketches and Addie’s letters to Byrd.  I have to admit it took me a little while to get used to the narrative but, once I did, I was hooked!  It’s fast paced and I found it compelling.

Both Addie and Roland are very well drawn and I found myself frustrated with them in turn.  They’re not honest with each other and both make poor decisions that come back to haunt them.  They felt very true to life, though, and I felt for them even as I wanted to shake them.

The storyline is terrific too and it made me think about why we make the decisions we do.  There’s a lot to discuss in Byrd, so I think it would make a terrific book club choice.

Review copy provided by Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
24 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2014 7:12 am

    Sounds really good!

  2. April 17, 2014 7:58 am

    Sounds very thought-provoking! I will have to make a note of this.

  3. April 17, 2014 8:44 am

    I know what you mean about being true to life sometimes results in wanting to shake characters. I have to admire authors who can show that without “interfering” LOL

  4. Patty permalink
    April 17, 2014 10:20 am

    I love books like this one…thank you for sharing!

  5. April 17, 2014 10:27 am

    Sounds like a compelling read! I do have a weakness for adoption stories.

  6. April 17, 2014 10:49 am

    Sounds a little too real for me, not the fun escapist kind of read I tend toward.

  7. April 17, 2014 10:54 am

    Nothing is more frustrating that true to life characters that you want to shake some sense into!

  8. April 17, 2014 1:54 pm

    Incisive review as always, Kathy. Byrd does sound like it would be a good choice for group discussions.

  9. Beth Hoffman permalink
    April 17, 2014 2:19 pm

    I read BYRD a few weeks ago and totally enjoyed it. The story went in a different direction than I was anticipating, which is a good thing.

  10. April 17, 2014 2:41 pm

    This sounds like quite a read! It’s funny how characters get under our skin sometimes. We love them and yet we also get so frustrated with them. I will have to add this one to my wish list..

  11. April 17, 2014 3:08 pm

    I think I would find Addie quite frustrating if I were to read this book! It’s an interesting topic though….

  12. April 17, 2014 5:06 pm

    Sounds engaging, but I always get worried with third-person. It’s always been hit or miss for me but it has to be a truly intriguing story. BYRD does sound like that. Maybe I’ll take a chance? I get so nervous.

  13. April 17, 2014 7:35 pm

    Wow, I like the idea of the narrative here. I think that’s engaging…and the story sounds like it would be a good book club pick

  14. April 17, 2014 9:24 pm

    At first glance I probably wouldn’t consider this something for me, but now I am curious!

  15. Tea Time with Marce permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:53 pm

    This sounds fascinating, adding to Wishlist immediately.

  16. April 17, 2014 10:59 pm

    This sounds really good! Now I want to read it.

  17. April 17, 2014 11:27 pm

    i like the sound of this one, you’ve given just enough away to intrigue

  18. April 18, 2014 4:48 am

    Not one that I would pick up just like that, but that is the thing, you can never really tell

  19. April 18, 2014 4:14 pm

    Thanks for this great review! You’re not the only one who sometimes wanted to shake Addie — think how I felt writing her! But you’re right — this should make for lively book club discussion. Again, so grateful for the review.

  20. April 18, 2014 9:07 pm

    This looks very interesting Kathy. I’ve added it to my wish list!

  21. April 20, 2014 9:51 am

    It can be heart wrenching reading about decisions made and bad consequences. Great review!

  22. April 20, 2014 4:46 pm

    I haven’t heard of this one before but I’m drawn to the cover. Sometimes the best characters are the ones we want to strangle–I think it’s a sign of a good writer to make us feel so passionately about the characters.

  23. April 20, 2014 7:07 pm

    I’ve been wondering what this one is about ever since I saw the cover.

  24. bookingmama permalink
    April 22, 2014 7:17 pm

    Your review sold me on this one. I need to get to it very soon!

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