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Elektras Adventures in TragedySixteen year old Elektra Kamenides is well on her way to becoming a proper southern belle in the small Mississippi college town she calls home That is until her mother decides to uproot her and her kid sister Thalia and start over in California They leave behind Elektra's father a professor and leading expert on Gre. Rating 35Genre YA ContemporaryRecommended Age 14 bigotry and trigger warnings for suicidePages 285Author Website LinkDisclaimer I received a free copy of this book through KidLitExchange Thanks All opinions are my ownSynopsis Sixteen year old Elektra Kamenides is well on her way to becoming a proper southern belle in the small Mississippi college town she calls home That is until her mother decides to uproot her and her kid sister Thalia and start over in California They leave behind Elektra's father—a professor and leading expert on Greek mythology and Elektra can't understand why For her life is tragedy and all signs point to her family being cursedTheir journey ends in Guadalupe Slough a community of old Chicano families and oddball drifters sandwiched between San José and the southern shores of San Francisco Bay The houseboat that her mother has bought sight unseen is really just an ancient trailer parked on a barge and sunk into a mudflatWhat would Odysseus do Elektra asks herself Determined to get back to Mississippi at all costs she'll beg cheat and steal to get there But things are not always what they seem and home is wherever you decide to make itI don’t think I’ve ever read a book that was from the Greek American perspective nor one that relied so much on Greek mythology and culture barring Percy Jackson because that’s on a level of its own I really liked this contemporary look at a broken family and I feel that not a lot of books explore this topic I also liked how well developed all of the main characters were I found the story was very interesting and if you have a younger reader who is looking for an “adult” book this would be a good one to start them out onHowever I personally feel there’s a lot of problems with this book The side characters are very forgettable and the world building wasn’t that extensive The writing was very choppy in parts and the book jumped timelines a lot which made for an aggravating read The ending was not full circle and it didn’t feel complete The events in this book while plausible played very well for the many plot holes it contained and I felt that there were things that happened in the book that weren’t that well explained I also didn’t like how suicide was kind of made of fun in this book Suicide is a very serious issue and for someone to make a character who wanted to commit suicide then on a dime change his mind and throw a party is a bit out of line in my opinionVerdict A promising Greek tragedy that Homer shakes his head at

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As bought sight unseen is really just an ancient trailer parked on a barge and sunk into a mudflat What would Odysseus do Elektra asks herself Determined to get back to Mississippi at all costs she'll beg cheat and steal to get there But things are not always what they seem and home is wherever you decide to make it. 25I got this book as an ARC at a library conference At first I just felt meh about this book the narrator was a whiny brat and the characters seemed like they were just uirky to be uirky It felt like the author was trying too hard to be fascinating Then towards the end it got better The characters got a little depth as did the plot But it still wasn’t fantastic I agree with the other reviews that you wanna like this book but it’s just missing something

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Free download Elektras Adventures in Tragedy 105 Û Sixteen year old Elektra Kamenides is well on her way to becoming a proper southern belle in the small Mississippi college town she calls home That is until her mother decides to uproot her and her kid sister Thalia and start over in California They leave behind Elektra's father—a professorEk mythology and Elektra can't understand why For her life is tragedy and all signs point to her family being cursedTheir journey ends in Guadalupe Slough a community of old Chicano families and oddball drifters sandwiched between San José and the southern shores of San Francisco Bay The houseboat that her mother h. Title Elektra’s Adventures in TragedyAuthor Douglas ReesGenre YARating 4 out of 5Elektra is happily becoming a Southern belle in a small Mississippi college town where here father is a professor—and an expert on Greek mythology—and her mother is a struggling wannabe writer Then without warning her mom packs Elektra and her sister in the car to move to CaliforniaThey end up in Guadalupe Slough a tiny community outside of San Jose that’s filled with a lot of colorful people Home is a decrepit houseboat on a mudflat complete with a pet tarantula Elektra will do anything to get back to Mississippi and her father even if it means stealing but she soon finds out there’s to what’s going on than meets the eyeSoI enjoyed this book For one thing because it’s one of the few YA books I’ve read without a strong romance plot Elektra is an interesting character She starts off pretty self centered and kind of a spoiled brat but being in a different environment and learning new things is good for her as are the interesting people she meets She ends up being much aware of what’s going on around her and much caring as wellThe setting and secondary characters are a little flat without a lot of details or description I never had a clear picture of Guadalupe Slough apart from dusty and dry There’s an interesting mix of secondary characters but they’re a little one dimensional Even so this was a uick pleasant read Galley provided by Running Press Kids in exchange for an honest reviewMore reviews at Tomorrow is Another Day