A Greyhound of a Girl - Review

A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle
Publication date: 1 May 2012 by Amulet Books
ISBN 10/13: 1419701681 | 9781419701689

Category: Young Adult Fiction
Keyword: Family, Generations, Death, Life, Past, Ghosts
Format: Hardcover
Source: Netgalley

Kimberly's review:

Mary O'Hara is a smart, witty and fun 12-year-old girl who lives in a small town in Ireland. Her mother, Scarlett, and her visit her granny every day in the hospital. One day, a mysterious woman introduces herself to Mary, and there is something very familiar about this woman. The woman claims to be her great-grandmother, and the four generations of women begin a journey that will forever change the way Mary views life, death and everything in between.

This well-written short novel, coming in at a little over 200 pages, is a beautiful story about four generations of women and their lives, regrets and loves. Mary is a wonderfully sharp character. Mary is just the right balance between being a 
young girl and an old soul. The dialogue is quick, funny and heartwarming. I loved Scarlett's relationship to her daughter Mary, and her relationship to her mother.

Great-Grandma's story is very bittersweet and each of the ladies has their own unique voice. I loved the way the book was set up, each character telling certain scenes from their own point of view. Their adventure is light but warm. The ladies explore their past and their future, without each other, during one last night of freedom and love.

A Greyhound of a Girl is a quick read with much to enjoy. Try it out and keep a tissue or two handy. You may need it.

Find more of Kimberly's reviews at The Windy Pages 

Find the author online at www.roddydoyle.ie.