Calves in the Mudroom (Review)

Calves in the Mudroom (Review)

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Title: Calves
in the Mud Room
Author:  Jerome O Brown
Publisher:  Self-published
Published Date:  14th February 2014
Rating: 3 Stars

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: Wade
Summers wants nothing more than to go on his date tonight with high school
hottie Glory Schoonover. Unfortunately, a fierce February blizzard has blown in
and a couple of first-time heifers are calving early. Way too early. And Wade’s
never delivered a calf all by himself before. His grandfather was always there
to show him the way. Simmering under the teenage hormones and unexpected
birthing is a dutiful son who finally confronts the abuse of his shady
stepfather and a betrayal by his somewhat disengaged mother. Kirkus Reviews
called this coming-of-age story “An exciting, elegant debut.” It’s
rough around the edges, full of brutal hardship, raw strength, and pure heart.


Review: This
was an interesting book. I am not quite sure what I had expected when I began
this novella (because as usual I hadn’t read the synopsis) but I rather enjoyed

This novella was basically a snippet of someone’s life.
Wade just wants to go to prom and have a good time with a very popular girl who
happened to ask him. But on his way, all sorts of things happen. Like his good
for nothing step father gets involved and also those cows won’t stop calving.
It holds him up, and before he knows it he is chasing after his girl to get to
the prom.

At the beginning of the novella where all the calving was
happening I was worried I had stumbled into another book that was simply about
farming like There’s a House in the Land. But don’t worry, it isn’t like that! It
actually only lasts a few pages and then before you know it Wade is on his way
to the prom 😉

My, Wade does not have an easy life! His home situation
reminded me of Shut Up by Anne Tibbets. His step father isn’t helping anything
and his mother is a drunk who doesn’t seem to care too much about anything.
Poor Wade had to see his mother shamed and broken in so many ways, it really
made me feel for him. But he tried to look after his mother best he could, as
well as his three siblings. He was only a teenager but he had to deal with all
these problems himself.

I thought this book also had a pretty realistic view of
what high school can be like sometimes. Say the wrong thing to the wrong girl
and people will turn on you. Say the right thing to the wrong person and
everyone will find you uncool. It’s hard to be invisible even if you want to be,
and sometimes both options seem to be the wrong thing. Wade made some decisions
which landed him in all sorts of trouble with certain people.

Ultimately, I think this novella shows just enough about
a troublesome family, school and a bit about running a farm and dealing with a
loved one who you lost to death. But even as good as it was, it didn’t make
amazing. The writing style was nice and there was a nice main character, but
there wasn’t too much of a plot. Just a snippet of someone’s life.

Awesomeness time! I have a best friend who is an amazing singer – and also an amazing dancer! Her dance group has recently made a pretty creepy but brilliant video which I would love if you took the time to watch! As well as that, two of my friends were on the make up and costume team as well. I think they did everything really well. So, check it out!

Olivia’s Question: What was/is your high school
experience like?

Olivia-Savannah x

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