TITLE: 142 Ostriches
AUTHOR: April Davila
PUB. YEAR: 2020SETTING: CA - Mojave Desert
RATING: - 4/5
Tallulah Jones hasn't had much stability in her young life, as a result of an irresponsible mother. However, when she was 13, her grandmother Helen, came to her rescue and live with her. Helen had an ostrich farm in the Mojave desert and, truth be told, she needed help so Tallulah filled that need. Now in her early 20s, Tallulah has decided she wants more out of life an has accepted a job in Montana which she is to begin in a few weeks. However, when her grandmother dies unexpectedly, Tallulah has the birds, a farm, and a house to deal with before she can just pack up and leave.
142 Ostriches was a unique coming of age story. It's a story steeped in family dysfunction and, it's also a story about ostriches - (I never realized the size and power this amazing creatures possess.) There are some sad and even violent moments in this story but, there are also moments of joy as well. I liked the protagonist and found her character well-developed. This was ultimately a different kind of coming of age story with a nice ending as well.