Review: The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
New York Times bestselling author Katie Crouch’s poignant and humorous voice shines in this enchanting and mysterious story about girls growing up in a magical Southern city.
I love stories set in the south, the ambiance is just totally different from everywhere else, which makes for an interesting read. Crouchâ€™s book is no different. She sums up the wealthy women in Georgia quite well, but with the added twist of hoodoo being thrown in. The gorgeous scenery of all of the squares and gardens through Savannah made me want to take a road trip to visit. Many of the characters also match the charm of the town, until you discover what is underneath.
We follow Alex on her journey through her new life in a world that is completely foreign to her, which normally would induce some laughs or at least feeling pity on the character, but I didnâ€™t feel much for her. Alexâ€™s character wasnâ€™t written as a strong female, she may whine about what her grandmother tells her to do, but she still ends up obeying nearly everything, even the things she knows is wrong. Her few rebellious acts are quickly turned around as she believes everything anyone else has to say. The fact that Alex is so easily mislead and doesnâ€™t follow her heart or her gut is part of what left me feeling emotionless about the turn of events. I wanted more of a contrast, to feel her being pulled into two different directions instead of just an oh-well-this-is-how-it-is feeling. The story is left open at the end, but I donâ€™t think I care enough about the story or the characters to follow this one through.