Book Review: The Little Giant of Aberdeen County – Tiffany Baker

Title: The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
Author: Tiffany Baker
ISBN: 9780446194228
Pages: 368
Release Date: January 8, 2009
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publicist
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Truly Plaice is a giant with a hard of gold.  Growing up in the small town of Aberdeen wasn’t easy – adults didn’t know what to do with her and children teased her for her unnatural girth.  It didn’t help that her sister, Serena Jane, was beautiful, and compared to her, Truly was all the more strange and horrifying.  As Truly grows, she begins to understand her place in the world and realize everything isn’t as bad as it seems.

Review:

I’ve been hearing great things about The Little Giant of Aberdeen County since its release, but I wasn’t entirely sure it was for me.  While the subject seemed interesting, it seemed like a narrative full of pain, and I didn’t want to be sad while reading it.  I’m glad to say that The Little Giant of Aberdeen County was a rewarding novel that was both hopeful and uplifting. 

Truly was a well-written and sympathetic character.  The reader can’t help but really feel for her as she is faced with one hardship after another.  Truth be told, this is a difficult book to read at times – there is a lot of pain and death in this book.  But Baker does a wonderful job making sure it is never dark or full of despair.  The book really centers around death in a lot of ways; Baker explores the subject fully in this novel and tries to examine the reason people die, as well as what they live for.

Admittedly, I did have some issues with the writing of this novel.  Specifically, the book is narrated by Truly in first person, which works well.  The reader really gets a glimpse inside her head, and gets to know her that much better because the novel is told from her point of view.  But at the same time, she is omniscient – she narrates events that she isn’t present for and has no knowledge of.  It’s a little jarring, though I can’t say this novel would have worked better told in the third person because I really did enjoy getting into Truly’s mind.

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County is a rewarding novel about the importance of inner beauty, rather than focusing on physical features.  Truly is so beautiful on the inside that the reader forgets what she looks like on the outside.  Unfortunately, we are pulled back into reality by the reactions of the many of the book’s characters to her; they don’t take the time to get to know her like the reader does.  It’s worth spending that time with Truly, to understand her and the beauty of this novel.

Comments

  1. I liked this book, but I didn’t love it as much as everyone else did.

  2. I liked this book, but I didn’t love it as much as everyone else did.

  3. I’m on Kathy’s end of the spectrum. I felt bad for not really loving this book, because everyone else did. I listened to it on audio, and through this medium I became aware of the gross overuse of similes. It started to drive me insane. I could have created a drinking game with it, there were SO MANY. I also felt that the protagonist was a tad creepy. I don’t like people that kill cats.

  4. I’m on Kathy’s end of the spectrum. I felt bad for not really loving this book, because everyone else did. I listened to it on audio, and through this medium I became aware of the gross overuse of similes. It started to drive me insane. I could have created a drinking game with it, there were SO MANY. I also felt that the protagonist was a tad creepy. I don’t like people that kill cats.

  5. This is the second review of this novel that I’ve read recently. It sounds like there are many varying opinions on it; your review makes it sounds worth a try though.

  6. This is the second review of this novel that I’ve read recently. It sounds like there are many varying opinions on it; your review makes it sounds worth a try though.

  7. I did not like this book at all. In fact, I didn’t really care about what happened to Truly at any point in the novel.

  8. I did not like this book at all. In fact, I didn’t really care about what happened to Truly at any point in the novel.

  9. I have this book on my shelf and am looking forward to reading it. I have read many, many great reviews, but the few negative ones I have read have been scathing! I am glad to hear that you liked it. I have a feeling that I will too!

  10. I have this book on my shelf and am looking forward to reading it. I have read many, many great reviews, but the few negative ones I have read have been scathing! I am glad to hear that you liked it. I have a feeling that I will too!

  11. I am supposed to read this as one of my books for the Deb Challenge and there is something about it that makes me want to hold off. I have read some challenging subject matter this year but there is still something about this book that causes hesitation. i am glad that you enjoyed it. hopefully I will take the plunge and get to it before the year is out.

  12. I am supposed to read this as one of my books for the Deb Challenge and there is something about it that makes me want to hold off. I have read some challenging subject matter this year but there is still something about this book that causes hesitation. i am glad that you enjoyed it. hopefully I will take the plunge and get to it before the year is out.

  13. tks for the review…it’s now on my wish list

  14. tks for the review…it’s now on my wish list

  15. I don’t know, I’ve just been hesitant to read this. I really don’t think it will be for me. I’m still on the fence.

  16. I don’t know, I’ve just been hesitant to read this. I really don’t think it will be for me. I’m still on the fence.

  17. I’m with Sandy. I had a hard time with the audio version of this book, because it really does highlight flaws in the writing. I did like the overall story though.

  18. I’m with Sandy. I had a hard time with the audio version of this book, because it really does highlight flaws in the writing. I did like the overall story though.

  19. Although I think I would like this book a lot, I am in no hurry to rush out to the bookstore and buy it. It really does sound like a good story thought. And Truly sounds like a character you aren’t likely to forget anytime soon. I’m sure I’ll get to reading this sometime in the future and I hope I enjoy it and connect with the characters as much as everyone else has.

  20. Although I think I would like this book a lot, I am in no hurry to rush out to the bookstore and buy it. It really does sound like a good story thought. And Truly sounds like a character you aren’t likely to forget anytime soon. I’m sure I’ll get to reading this sometime in the future and I hope I enjoy it and connect with the characters as much as everyone else has.

  21. I think while reading it I just assumed that Trudy was able to narrate those omniscient sections because she was telling the entire book in retrospect and had learned the details one way or another.

  22. I think while reading it I just assumed that Trudy was able to narrate those omniscient sections because she was telling the entire book in retrospect and had learned the details one way or another.

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