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Roe is like any other fifteen-year-old Chicago teenager. Her only worries are schoolwork, keeping up with her best friend and whether she should sleep with her boyfriend. Then her adoptive father disappears one winter's day. As she tries to find out why he left her, her past unravels in front of her....

Title : Ramshackle
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ISBN : 9780956613578
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 176 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Ramshackle Reviews

  • Moira McPartlin
    2019-04-15 09:16

    EKR was my creative writing tutor once upon a time and this is her long over due debut. And as I expected it is a work of art. The novel is small, just over 160 pages but like a rich chocolate cake I ate it with a teaspoon and licked the spoon after each delicious sentence. This is the tale of a teenager girl, Roe, who has lost her dad and in the space of her week of searching she discovers herself and her history. I loved this novel and my past teacher is inspiring me all over again.

  • Vicki Jarrett
    2019-04-04 09:06

    Ramshackle is written in the voice of Roe, a fifteen-year-old girl who wakes up to find that her father has left her, alone, abandoned, with no warning or explanation. We stay with Roe as she wrestles with her emotions and memories, the clues and contradictions they contain. Her father is a locksmith and the whole book felt to me like a cleverly constructed lock, the story revealing itself through Roe's mind with a series of expertly executed clicks and shifts. Reeder's prose is understated and elegant with a sureness of touch and skillful, poetic economy. One of those books I was sorry to finish as I wanted more. Looking forward to this author's next book.

  • Jean
    2019-04-03 07:58

    There are books you admire or which you know are good without particularly liking them, but I just loved this one. The young girl and her cool aunt, the best friend, and the missing father are all really strong characters, powerfully drawnThe sustained tension of waiting to hear what's happened to the father is combined with such a strong sense of the people and the place meant I just didn't want it to end.

  • Vee ♔Under Mountain Books♔
    2019-04-15 15:18

    Ramshackle is interesting contemporary book, certainly not filled with cotton candy and rainbows and it really makes you think too. Mostly about sex. More on that later. The characters in this were all really interesting and when it came to the secondary characters, I wanted to walk home with them and find out their life story too. I particularly liked the coffee guy that I can't research the name of because my iPod has eaten it's battery power.Roe is kinda weird though. In most ways she's a typical 15 year old teen, has sex for the first time (no detail or anything, don't panic), worries about her best friend, brushes her teeth (I hope). But then she thinks and does some really strange things which makes me wonder just what her dad has been teaching her all her life. She's always thinking about people's bodyparts, and sex - what they might get up to at home, in really odd detail, like her teachers and her aunt, of all people. I'm not sure about your mental stability but I've never thought about my aunt bumping rudies. When she's not doing that she's thinking about the time she wiped snot on the table.Roe's Dad is the main subject here, mainly that he's GONE and no-one knows where he is. So begins a rather interesting search of self discovery. Or something fancy sounding like that. Roe learns who she is, and who her Father really is, with a lot of uncomfortable home truths. We see her exercising her new found freedom too - stealing a car and going to parties, wandeirng around Chicago at one point. When we do finally find out what happened to her Dad I was relieved - it was quite close to the end and I was quite worried I'd never found out and end up eating my iPod in despair or something.Blog | Facebook | Twitter

  • Sarah
    2019-04-15 08:03

    I'm not really sure what to say about this...I very nearly gave up at 25%, as my general rule of thumb is that if a book hasn't grabbed me by a quarter of the way through then it's not for me. I persevered, making a conscious effort to sit down and find the time to read on. I finished it the following day, but am still wondering just what I actually read! Whilst some might find the prose lyrical, and cathartic, I found it mildly irritating and confusing. The constant use of the present tense, regardless of whether or not the narrator was talking of a flashback, meant that I spent most of the time in a state of confusion as to when the events were taking place.Not for me, although I can appreciate that some might like the writing style.

  • Julia
    2019-04-08 08:01

    This is a very assured first novel from Elizabeth Reeder and I can understand why it was critically acclaimed. the novel is written in the voice of the main character a fifteen year old girl called Roe whose father has mysteriously disappeared. The book deals with a lot of different themes - loss, trust, honesty, coming of age and more - but does not feel in any way worthy. This a is a tight and believable tale and will keep you guessing, but I found I cared about the characters and was willing something good to happen. I was lucky enough to buy this on Kindle in one of Amazon's deals of the day - an absolute bargain!

  • Kim
    2019-04-21 13:12

    In a small town on the shores of the Great Lakes, 15-year-old Roe lives with her locksmith father. One winter morning, Roe awakes to find her father missing. So begins a voyage of discovery for young Roe - who she is, where she came from, and also learning lots about her father (how he used to disappear for weeks at a time when she was a baby), her mother who abandoned her and her father's siblings, Linden and Duncan. The story is all about how Roe copes with her father's disappearance, both at school and in her dealings with her family and friends. A really enthralling read - 8.5/10.

  • Rachael
    2019-04-01 11:11

    I thought this book was wonderfully planned out. The way the main characters toughts changed frequently throughout the book was genius. It could have used a little more information towards the start of the book, but then again the plot was reaveled during the middle-end; therefore leaving me hooked for hours at a time. I often wonder about the what happens to the minor roles/charactes in this book. That is a great thing though because it is open to interpritation.

  • Lillerina
    2019-04-02 16:01

    Reeder's prose is clumsy and awkward at times, inconsistent enough that it didn't feel like an intentional style decision, and yet there was something compelling and beautiful about this book. The elements of it were nothing special - teenage girl, irresponsible aunt, asshole boyfriend, missing father, the setting, the plot - but somehow they fell together to make a beautiful book. This book is greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Julie Fergusson
    2019-04-01 15:54

    Reeder confidently deals with complex themes of loss and abandonment. Protagonist Roe is a typical teenager (though probably quite mature for her age)whose life is thrown into turmoil by the disappearance of her father. Unmaternal Aunt Linden steps in to help Roe, who is now uncovering a series of family secrets that cause her to question the relationship with her father that she always considered solid and immovable.I spent a lovely Saturday afternoon devouring this in a one-er.

  • Epona
    2019-04-10 10:09

    This was a beautiful and melancholy tale.

  • Sidonie Ferguson
    2019-04-21 14:13

    A little bit odd, a little bit interesting, not totally sure what to make of it to be honest. Quite hard to follow/get into sometimes and then others it just flows.

  • M.
    2019-04-22 14:05

    I love this book. It was brilliant looking thing and the writing drove home the voice of the main character, Roe. It was easy to get immersed inside Reeder's talented writing.