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Unbroken Bonds: A Review of 'Strong Like You'

Join the captivating journey through the Ozarks in "Strong Like You" by T.L. Simpson and published by North Star Editions. Explore unbroken bonds and rugged resilience on this virtual book tour sponsored by Rockstar Book Tours. Find my review below and don't miss your chance to win the giveaway!



My Review


"Strong Like You" takes readers on a poignant journey through the rugged terrain of the Ozarks, delving deep into themes of loss, resilience, and the unbreakable bond between a father and son. Set against the backdrop of the deep Midwest, the narrative's language resonates with the region's distinct flavor, echoing the cadence of backwoods conversation and the raw authenticity of rural life.

As someone intimately familiar with the heartland, having lived in the middle of Missouri and trekked through the Ozarks, I found myself drawn into the world of Walker Lauderdale, the young protagonist grappling with his father's disappearance. The author's use of language, rich with double negatives and colloquialisms typical of the area, adds layers of authenticity to the narrative, capturing the essence of the region's dialect and cultural nuances.

While this linguistic authenticity may enhance the immersive experience for readers familiar with the Ozarks and rural Midwest, it could pose a challenge for those less acquainted with the dialect. However, for those willing to embrace the unique cadence of the region, "Strong Like You" offers a captivating exploration of resilience and the enduring power of hope in the face of adversity.

The story follows Walker's quest to find his missing father, a journey fraught with danger and uncertainty, yet fueled by unwavering determination. Through Walker's eyes, readers witness the struggles of a young boy forced to confront the harsh realities of life in the Ozarks, from family tensions to encounters with dangerous individuals like Lukas Fisher.

Despite the hardships he faces, Walker remains a beacon of strength and resilience, embodying the spirit of his father and the indomitable resolve of the people of the Ozarks. His journey is not just one of physical exploration, but also self-discovery and growth, as he navigates the complexities of adolescence while clinging to the hope of reuniting with his father.

"Strong Like You" is an interesting tale that transcends its geographical setting, offering universal themes of love, loss, and the enduring bonds of family. With its authentic portrayal of life in the Ozarks and its deeply relatable characters, this book has the potential to resonate with readers of all backgrounds.

In conclusion, while the language may challenge some, I wholeheartedly recommend "Strong Like You" for inclusion in high school libraries. Its timeless themes and vivid storytelling have the makings of a modern classic, and I can easily envision it captivating audiences both on the page and on the screen.



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