Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Mini Review: Daredevils by Shawn Vestal

book cover of Daredevils by Shawn Vestal literary fictionDaredevils
by Shawn Vestal
Penguin (April 2016)
Literary Fiction

What's It All About?

Fifteen-year-old Loretta slips out of her bedroom every evening to meet a so-called gentile. Her strict Mormon parents catch her returning one night, and promptly marry her off to Dean Harder, a devout yet materialistic fundamentalist who already has a wife and a brood of kids. Then Dean’s teenage nephew, Jason, falls for Loretta. A Zeppelin and Tolkien fan, Jason worships Evel Knievel and longs to leave his close-minded community. He and Loretta make a break for it. They drive all night, stay in hotels, and relish their dizzying burst of teenage freedom as they seek to recover Dean’s cache of “Mormon gold.” But someone Loretta left behind is on their trail…

Who Should Read It?

Read it if you liked The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall, HBO's Big Love, or The Book of MormonVestal evokes the ’70s and the West masterfully, but I found it hard to connect with or care about any of the characters. I was in no hurry to finish it. 2 stars. 

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Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I recently read an Ann Patchett novel (Commonwealth), and checked her backlist to see what I had missed. The Patron Saint of Liars popped up, and for years, I'd thought I had read it. But I had seen a TV movie based on it.'s on my list now.

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Kathy Martin said...

This doesn't sound like a story I'd enjoy. I haven't read much with Mormon characters. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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