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Book Review: The Turning by Francine Prose

I was very excited when I got this book because it is my very first uncorrected proof. Thank you so much Epic Reads. I started reading “The Turning” right away. What I didn't count on, is with starting school up, this book was going to take forever for me to read and that was mainly because I didn't have the time, not because I didn't like the book. Here is my very first uncorrected proof review. I hope you enjoy.

 Stars: Three

Jack is babysitting for the summer on an isolated island with no Wi-Fi, no cell service, and no one else around but a housekeeper and two very peculiar children. He immediately senses something sinister-and it's not just the creepy black house he's living in. Soon he is feeling terribly isolated and alone, but then he discovers there are others. The problem is, he's the only who can see them. As secrets are revealed and darker truths surface, Jack desperately struggles to maintain a grip on reality. He knows what he sees, and he isn't crazy…Or is he? Where does reality end and insanity begin? The Turn of the Screw reinvented for modern-day teens, by National Book Award finalist Francine Prose.

This story is told in letters, mainly from the main character, Jack, to his girlfriend, Sophie. The story flows pretty well, however the story is very slow. I'm not familiar with "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James, and I think this book was made for people like me, people who aren't familiar with the original story. It took awhile for me to really get into the book and then it just seemed to stop. I didn't feel like it was truly resolved. I was enjoying the book through the middle Prose really had my attention; I wanted to know what was going on. Then the story just ended. There was all this suspense that was built up in the story and it went nowhere. It left the reader hanging and not in a good way. I would recommend this book probably as a light read because I think the author did a great job of adapting the original story for a teen audience.

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