Rock the Boat

Rock the Boat

Thank you, The Dial Press, for the gifted copy of Rock the Boat! {partner}

Genre: Fiction

Trope: Small Town

Pub Date: 6.29.21

Star Rating: ☆☆☆.5

“Well, the alligator gets us all in the end, my dear. It’s a matter of perspective — and skincare. ”

Rock the Boat is packed full of the dynamics and idiosyncrasies that are often found in a small town – while the book does focus on Kate, Ziggy, and Miles, there were several other characters that we learned about throughout the book. By the end, I felt like I knew the characters in this book as if they were my neighbors (which I’m very close with, btw). 

🏘 Small town charm featuring your typical town “scrooge”

🏃🏽‍♀️ All three characters are running from their own problems

📚 Focus on saving the library

🙅🏽‍♀️ Didn’t feel a connection to the characters

🚧 Showed the impacted overdevelopment can have on small towns and their histories

☑️ The main characters were not in their 20s

✂️ In-depth character descriptions

My two biggest complaints about the book are that I felt it became a little wordy at times – I could flip to the next page and the same topics were still being discussed. The first part of the story is told in alternating chapter perspectives of each of the 3 MC’s but then it switches to all of their perspectives in one chapter which made it hard to follow at times. 

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