The Orphans of Race Point

May 21, 2014 Fiction, Literary, Romance, Thriller 22

The Orphans of Race PointTitle: The Orphans of Race Point
Author: Patry Francis
Source: from publisher for TLC book tour
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary: Although I found the way some characters’ stories played out a bit disappointing, this book was so poignant and emotionally moving that I was swept away by it anyway.

From the moment Gus Silva’s mother dies, Hallie Costa feels strangely connected to him. Although he refuses to speak for months after, it’s Hallie who finally helps him start to return to normalcy. When a terrible tragedy befalls them at their senior prom, Hallie is willing to stay by Gus’s side. And when years later Gus is accused of murder, Hallie wants more than anything to believe he didn’t do it. However, it will take Milla, the daughter of a woman Gus was counseling, to help Gus escape the shadow of his past.

There was only one thing I didn’t like about this book so I’m going to get it out of the way now. I was not a fan of how Gus impacted Hallie’s life. She’s one of my favorite characters ever and I think she would have had a better life without him. That, however, brings me to one of my favorite parts of this book: Hallie. From a precocious to a intelligent, successful adult, she was someone I would love to be friends with or to be myself. The author did a great job bringing  all of her characters to life. Hallie, Gus, and Milla (especially Milla!), all had very distinct voices. I thought having Mila’s letters be written in terrible internet shorthand was a bit over the top, but other than that she seemed like an authentic, sarcastic, smart, and somewhat broken teenager. The setting was also fantastic, with interesting elements of Portuguese culture and of the culture of a small town in New England.

The plot took me on a complete emotional rollercoaster. Every time I was about to feel hopelessly depressed by what might have been, the characters displayed an amazing resilience which helped me keep going too. This book really deserves all of those blurbs I usually assume are hyperbolic. It’s gripping and poignant and a story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. It’s beautiful and moving and a fascinating look at generally believable relationships.  Basically, it was all amazing. I couldn’t put it down and would highly recommend it.

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22 Responses to “The Orphans of Race Point”

    • DoingDewey

      Yeah, this is by far the most emotional book I’ve read lately! There were several parts where I just felt overwhelming despair on behalf of the characters, which would usually make me dislike a book since I do go for the happy endings, but every time the characters showed an inner strength that impressed and moved me. Even though this wasn’t anything like the stereotypical, happy book I often go for, that optimism about human nature really won me over.

    • DoingDewey

      I’ve seen a few other rave reviews and I loved it, so I’d definitely recommend looking it up 🙂

  1. Jennine G.

    Wow, I really wish I had picked this one up as a review copy somewhere! I will definitely be looking out for it come this summer (after I’ve read some TBR items)!
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  2. Patry Francis

    Thank you so much for a beautiful and honest review. I’m thrilled that you connected with Hallie the way you did!

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks Patry! I’m not someone who has book boyfriends and I often have trouble remembering characters I loved when surveys ask for favorite characters, but I think Hallie is one of the few who will really stayed with me. Definitely one of my favorite characters ever! I just really related.

  3. Rebecca @ Love at First Book

    Allison really enjoyed this one, but it was a DNF for me. I got bored, and it looked like it was turning very love story (which you know I have zero tolerance for). But in general, it seems like people only have good things to say about it.
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    • DoingDewey

      You might consider giving it another go when you’re in the mood, because I think it very much avoids becoming a typical love story, which you might enjoy even more than I did. Obviously if you don’t like it, I’ll still think you’re awesome and if you’re bored, you shouldn’t make yourself read it. But this is one I think could be worth a second chance 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      I loved it too! And I’m very surprised Rebecca didn’t. I would have guessed it would be even more her sort of book than it was mine!

  4. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    Wow, I haven’t heard of this one, but it does sound like an intense, fantastic read! I’m glad you were so emotionally invested – that’s always a good sign! I’ll have to wait for a time when I feel in the mood for a deeply affecting read to try this one!
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    • DoingDewey

      It’s true! I think it’s so impressive when an author can make you emotionally invested in the characters they create and this a fantastic book where the author really did that for me.

    • DoingDewey

      As someone who doesn’t like a book to be too sad, it really worked for me 🙂 Thanks for including me on the tour!

    • DoingDewey

      It was one of the most emotionally moving books I’ve read, except perhaps The Book Thief. More of an emotional rollercoaster than even that one. It was really good 🙂

  5. Laurie C

    Great review! I linked to it in mine, which I belatedly posted yesterday (not as part of the tour). I had read the author’s first book, which I thought was really good, and she has a local connection to my hometown, so it’s great to see the other great reviews on the tour and see that other people loved the book as much as I did. I really loved The Orphans of Race Point and it hit all the emotional stops as well as larger themes, which I really like in a novel!
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    • DoingDewey

      I really liked your review and the comparison to The Goldfinch made me want to pick that up too! I haven’t read her first book, but that’s definitely on my to-read list, I loved this one so much. It’s so cool that she’s a local author for you! I love being able to support local authors and am always excited when I enjoy their books.