REVIEW: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

20 Apr

I had high hopes for Melissa Kiel’s novel The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl; teenage angst, unrequited love, and the imminent demise of the world – what is not to love?

Despite my high hopes, I found that the novel began quite slowly.  I felt the introduction to the protagonist, Alba, was a bit clunky and the comic book/superhero allusions did not really make sense or seem relevant at the start of the text.

Initially, I also found the significant gap between what Alba could perceive and understand about her social world, on the one hand, and what the reader appreciated, on the other to be quite frustrating.  As the novel progressed, it became apparent that the closure of the gap would be the climax of the novel.

I did, however, enjoy the portrait of small town life provided by Kiel.  I also enjoyed her depictions of the people who flocked to Eden Valley in anticipation of the end of the world.

I also think that a number of my students would quite enjoy the adolescent angst, confusion, and indecision featured in later stages of this text.

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