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For fans of Wilder Girls and Sadie comes a new story about two girls with a secret no one would ever believe, and the wild, desperate lengths they will go to protect each other from the outside world. Jo lives in the same Appalachian town where her mother disappeared fifteen years ago. Everyone knows what happened to Jo's mom. She was wild, and bad things happen to girls li For fans of Wilder Girls and Sadie comes a new story about two girls with a secret no one would ever believe, and the wild, desperate lengths they will go to protect each other from the outside world. Jo lives in the same Appalachian town where her mother disappeared fifteen years ago. Everyone knows what happened to Jo's mom. She was wild, and bad things happen to girls like that. Now people are starting to talk about Jo. She's barely passing her classes and falls asleep at her desk every day. She's following in her mom's footsteps. Jo does have a secret. It's not what people think, though. Not a boy or a drug habit. Jo has a twin sister. Jo's sister is not like most people. She lives in the woods--catches rabbits with her bare hands and eats them raw. Night after night, Jo slips out of her bedroom window and meets her sister in the trees. And together they run, fearlessly. The thing is, no one's ever seen Jo's sister. So when her twin attacks a boy from town, everyone assumes that it was Jo. Which means Jo has to decide--does she tell the world about her sister, or does she run?


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For fans of Wilder Girls and Sadie comes a new story about two girls with a secret no one would ever believe, and the wild, desperate lengths they will go to protect each other from the outside world. Jo lives in the same Appalachian town where her mother disappeared fifteen years ago. Everyone knows what happened to Jo's mom. She was wild, and bad things happen to girls li For fans of Wilder Girls and Sadie comes a new story about two girls with a secret no one would ever believe, and the wild, desperate lengths they will go to protect each other from the outside world. Jo lives in the same Appalachian town where her mother disappeared fifteen years ago. Everyone knows what happened to Jo's mom. She was wild, and bad things happen to girls like that. Now people are starting to talk about Jo. She's barely passing her classes and falls asleep at her desk every day. She's following in her mom's footsteps. Jo does have a secret. It's not what people think, though. Not a boy or a drug habit. Jo has a twin sister. Jo's sister is not like most people. She lives in the woods--catches rabbits with her bare hands and eats them raw. Night after night, Jo slips out of her bedroom window and meets her sister in the trees. And together they run, fearlessly. The thing is, no one's ever seen Jo's sister. So when her twin attacks a boy from town, everyone assumes that it was Jo. Which means Jo has to decide--does she tell the world about her sister, or does she run?

30 review for Some Kind of Animal

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    This is surprising, unconventional, interesting, haunting supernatural thriller. But it also repetitive, nonsensical, awkward reading! At some parts you question the author’s motives to write this book because I definitely had some hard time connect with the characters and twin sister in the woods part of the story, well so sorry but I didn’t buy it and ending is also haphazard, not quite satisfying with so many unanswered or not so well answered questions, too many blank spots. But I still ackn This is surprising, unconventional, interesting, haunting supernatural thriller. But it also repetitive, nonsensical, awkward reading! At some parts you question the author’s motives to write this book because I definitely had some hard time connect with the characters and twin sister in the woods part of the story, well so sorry but I didn’t buy it and ending is also haphazard, not quite satisfying with so many unanswered or not so well answered questions, too many blank spots. But I still acknowledge the efforts of the author build something from scratch and telling us something unique, dazzling, twisty. And writing style, pacing was also good. Problematic parts are story’s direction and irritating characters you may not connect with their stories or you may have no reason to care for them. This is story of Jolene, whose mother disappeared into thin air fourteen years ago, suffering from sleep deprivation, barely keeping her eyes open at her classes, feeling the burden of secret she carries. She has a twin living in the woods, running wild and free (Hmmm really?) and Jolene starts to meet with her at the nigh time. At some parts I wondered maybe Jolene is delusional and she created her sister on her mind kind of explanation will be presented to save the story’s sake but spoiler free: it didn’t happen. So I’m stopping right now not to give more clues or spilling more beans. I could be snappy, irritating reviewer who gives more clues and ruins the spirit of the book. Overall: I didn’t like the progression of the story but I appreciate the author’s trying and some parts of the book picked my curiosity as well. I wanted to learn more. So 2.5 stars rounded up to 3 for these moments! Special thanks to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for sharing this original ARC in exchange my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    This one was hard for me to connect with the characters, but I really liked the atmosphere and writing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    A new BookTube Video is Up all about whether you should buy, borrow or burn 2020 YA books! Let me know what you think! The Written Review My sister, Lee, and I don't live in the same house. My sister doesn't live in a house at all. She lives in the forest. She sleeps during the day and runs at night. Ever since Jolene "Jo" was five, she told her aunt and her grandmother (who raised her) that she had a twin sister living in the woods. They never believed her, but whenever Jo coul A new BookTube Video is Up all about whether you should buy, borrow or burn 2020 YA books! Let me know what you think! The Written Review My sister, Lee, and I don't live in the same house. My sister doesn't live in a house at all. She lives in the forest. She sleeps during the day and runs at night. Ever since Jolene "Jo" was five, she told her aunt and her grandmother (who raised her) that she had a twin sister living in the woods. They never believed her, but whenever Jo could she would sneak out at night to run in the woods with her sister (Lee). The normal rules don't apply here. Tonight is magic. Lee is becoming more and more insistent that Jo joins her in the woods...but something is holding Jo back. And when Lee finds out what that is...she attacks. Isolated and in danger, Jo must make the biggest decision of her life - one that could make (or break) her forever. She steps closer, holds out a thin dirty hand. So, for the most part I liked the book. The beginning was solid - I LOVED not knowing whether Lee was real or not. I also loved the way she interwove in the story of the two girls. However, as time went on and Lee became more solid in life the more I felt pity towards her. She wasn't some brave spirit like her sister made her out to be, she was a kid who was abandoned. A feral child. I also felt like Jo was a bit too naive here - her sister was very, very thin and not by choice. As a freshman in high school, I feel like she should've known more/better. In addition, the ending of the book (~last third) felt very circle-y and didn't have that BOOM that I was expecting. With thanks to Netgalley, Delacorte Press and Maria Romasco Moore for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Some Kind of Animal was an okay book for me. At first, I didn't really have any expectations for this thing.. I just wanted to like it. Which I di.. I just wanted to like it more than I actually did. Ya know? No idea if that makes sense, but when you meet Jolene you feel bad for her. Not going to lie, her life was completely messed up. Yet, she ends up meeting her twin during the book. Again, it was interesting but it was al I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Some Kind of Animal was an okay book for me. At first, I didn't really have any expectations for this thing.. I just wanted to like it. Which I di.. I just wanted to like it more than I actually did. Ya know? No idea if that makes sense, but when you meet Jolene you feel bad for her. Not going to lie, her life was completely messed up. Yet, she ends up meeting her twin during the book. Again, it was interesting but it was also really weird at the same time. I just feel like I wasn't truly connecting with the characters in this book. Heck, even the entire plot of this book was hard to understand. Or maybe it was the lack of coffee/sleep for me? Don't really know but it was just a weird book overall.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    This had a really great premise, but the execution fell short for me. The repetitive narrative, mixed with the ending that left much to be desired just outweighed the atmospheric writing. I would certainly give this author another try in the future, and perhaps teens and sporadic readers of the genre will find this one riveting and unique. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of SOME KIND OF ANIMAL by Maria Romasco Moore in exchange for my honest review.*** 3.5 STARS Instead of sleeping, Jolene spends her nights running through the woods with her feral twin sister. No one else knows about Lee’s existence. She lives among the flora and fauna, clad in Jo’s old dress, eating wild animals. What did I just read? I’m not 100% sure. I spend a good part of SOME KIND OF ANIMAL assuming Lee was a figment of Jo’s delusio ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of SOME KIND OF ANIMAL by Maria Romasco Moore in exchange for my honest review.*** 3.5 STARS Instead of sleeping, Jolene spends her nights running through the woods with her feral twin sister. No one else knows about Lee’s existence. She lives among the flora and fauna, clad in Jo’s old dress, eating wild animals. What did I just read? I’m not 100% sure. I spend a good part of SOME KIND OF ANIMAL assuming Lee was a figment of Jo’s delusional mind. Jo checked many boxes for vulnerability to mental illness, abandoned by her fifteen-year-old mentally ill mother, unstable home life, social isolation, family upheaval, school problems. Several cases of feral children have been documented throughout the years, I’ve seen documentaries, so I knew the possibility of Lee’s existence could also be real. Maria Romasco Moore delivers a dark, atmospheric YA debut with Jo’s melodic voice. The young teen dreams of being eighteen so she can get paid for her work in her aunt’s bar, now considered “chores” hoping to get enough money to more to another town to bartend broke my heart into pieces as I envisioned a girl with such little hope for more. The relationships between Jo and Lee and Jo and her best friend Savannah illustrate the indomitable strength of love against even the most difficult circumstances. I’m still uncertain about several aspects of the story, but the reading experience though pleasant, wasn’t compelling enough to make me want to reread for further clarity, which is why I didn’t rate SOME KIND OF ANIMAL higher.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Thanks NetGalley for the chance to review this title ahead of the release date. SOME KIND OF ANIMALS delivers on its premise. We have a girl who's secret sister Lee who lives in the woods, eats animals and talks with one-word sentences, and whom she sneaks out with nightly to run and play with. I mean, how creepy is that? Nobody believes her when things go awry and Lee makes a rare appearance in a public setting and attacks one of Jo's friends. This brings a downward spiral for Jo when she runs Thanks NetGalley for the chance to review this title ahead of the release date. SOME KIND OF ANIMALS delivers on its premise. We have a girl who's secret sister Lee who lives in the woods, eats animals and talks with one-word sentences, and whom she sneaks out with nightly to run and play with. I mean, how creepy is that? Nobody believes her when things go awry and Lee makes a rare appearance in a public setting and attacks one of Jo's friends. This brings a downward spiral for Jo when she runs away with Lee, and her friend Savannah, planning on living int the words and protecting her sister forever and ever. A pipe dream that goes terribly wrong. I love me a good mystery and a good wilding sister living in the woods and being all cryptic and crazy. I live for these types of books. This book packs all the punches. It's heartfelt and gritty and depressing AF yet there's still a glimmer of hope when it comes to Jo and Lee that maybe all can be forgiven and all can be all right in the end. I mean, this is a strange book and I roll over for strange books. Now, part of me wanted to believe that Lee wasn't really real and Jo was having some sort of mental breakdown, but when I was wrong, it made it all the more terrifying. Looking back at these reviews it looks like I am in the minority here. But it does go to show you that you have to be a certain type of reader for a certain type of book. So, Maria, please do not fret. A book like this is a risk for debut authors and many won't understand it. I do. Bring me all the creepy and all the weird and add me on Insta or something, yea?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. So, I don’t really know what I just read. Am I okay what that? Sure. This follows a fifteen-year-old girl named Jolene who has had a seriously messed up life so far. Her mother went missing when she was born and her grandmother and aunt have been raising her all her life. Jolene sees a girl one night out by the woods and realizes this girl looks just like her. She goes out and realizes it’s her feral, wild twin sister. Ever since t Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. So, I don’t really know what I just read. Am I okay what that? Sure. This follows a fifteen-year-old girl named Jolene who has had a seriously messed up life so far. Her mother went missing when she was born and her grandmother and aunt have been raising her all her life. Jolene sees a girl one night out by the woods and realizes this girl looks just like her. She goes out and realizes it’s her feral, wild twin sister. Ever since that night, Jo goes out and runs with her sister at night in the woods. I really didn’t get the point of this story and the characters all fell flat for me, not to mention it was very unbelievable. Jo just sees this girl out in the woods and is like oh okay that must be my twin sister? Some Kind of Animal was a wild ride because I literally had no idea where the storyline was going. I thought it would be focused on mental health and maybe Jo was making up this “twin sister”because of how awful Jo's life has been but I was wrong. I just felt as though it was kind of all over the place, so many things happened with no consequences as well. Maybe, it’s just me and I didn’t get what the author was trying to do when writing this, but for me it just was very out there and kind of weird.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    >Friendly advice: Don't waste your time or money on this book! But if you have an arc for review... Good luck! ;) Some kind of animal drew me in with its cover and I wanted to immerse myself in a YA thriller. Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me at all. The only words that comes to my mind to describe this book are ODD and WEIRD. Sooo yeah, I'm not really sure what the point of this book was and I can't say I'm glad I read it. Halfway through, I just wanted it to end and the longer I had to spe >Friendly advice: Don't waste your time or money on this book! But if you have an arc for review... Good luck! ;) Some kind of animal drew me in with its cover and I wanted to immerse myself in a YA thriller. Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me at all. The only words that comes to my mind to describe this book are ODD and WEIRD. Sooo yeah, I'm not really sure what the point of this book was and I can't say I'm glad I read it. Halfway through, I just wanted it to end and the longer I had to spend reading this book, the more I hated it. (Thank you to the publisher for letting me read and review an arc via Netgalley)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)

    Jolene has a secret she keeps from everyone in town: she has a twin sister, Lee, who lives in the woods. As a child, she tried to tell people about her, but no one believed her, and she gradually stopped trying. But Lee is as real as it gets. When her twin sister attacks a boy from town, everyone assumes that Jo did it, and she’s suddenly forced to choose between outing her sister and letting people think the worst of her. I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Random H Jolene has a secret she keeps from everyone in town: she has a twin sister, Lee, who lives in the woods. As a child, she tried to tell people about her, but no one believed her, and she gradually stopped trying. But Lee is as real as it gets. When her twin sister attacks a boy from town, everyone assumes that Jo did it, and she’s suddenly forced to choose between outing her sister and letting people think the worst of her. I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Random House/Delacorte Press. Trigger warnings: death, parent death, animal death, guns, underage drug/alcohol use, addiction, overdose, severe injury, violence, some gore, blood, sexism, slut-shaming. This pretty much does what it says on the tin, though I might hesitate to call it overtly feminist. Most of the main characters are female, but they spend at least as much time tearing each other down (both in the plot and in Jo’s internal monologue) as they do supporting each other. The book does spend a good deal of time interrogating the false assumptions people make about wayward girls, the ones who drink and party, sleep around, and come to a bad end just as everyone expected they would. I don’t know how much the story does to overturn that narrative by making its girls near-feral beings who retreat from civilization to live in the woods, but it tries. If intentions count, then it gets points for that. Probably my biggest issue with the book is how inconsistent Jo is as a main character, which extends a little to her aunt, Aggie, as well. I never felt that I understood them, and most of the time, Jo’s actions made absolutely no sense. It seems like an effort to align her with her wilder twin and mother. I’m strongly reminded of Kaye in Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tales series, where characters do random things just to make them seem quirky and wild, and all the while I’m thinking, “Why are you making this worse for yourself?” Jo is a difficult character to like, regardless, and I’m not sure we’re supposed to like her. She’s hugely critical of Aggie and Savannah for having boyfriends (or wanting them), and her allegiance changes depending on who’s paying her the most attention. Really, she demonizes pretty much every other character at some point. In terms of plot, it’s a fun change from the usual thriller. Jo’s twin sister, Lee, is a fascinating character of the “raised by wolves” persuasion, and the mystery of how she’s managed to survive in the woods on her own is enough to keep at least half the novel spinning. Midway through, it seems to lose the plot though, and I didn’t have the slightest idea where the characters would go from there. Neither do they, come to that, and there’s a weird and misguided attempt to live in a forest preserve (because people can actually do that?). It’s entertaining, but whatever Some Kind of Animal was trying to do, I don’t think it quite pulled it off. I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    The premise of this is crazy! How would it be to have this secret twin sister who lives in the woods? That sounds so unbelievable, it's no wonder people in town thought Jo was lying or had some sort of mental breakdown. Jo is a complicated character, she was raised by a very religious and abusive grandmother for part of her life, then her aunt took her and treated her like a grown up. Having Lee is the one thing Jo clings to so I understand why she'd do anything for her, but it led to some prett The premise of this is crazy! How would it be to have this secret twin sister who lives in the woods? That sounds so unbelievable, it's no wonder people in town thought Jo was lying or had some sort of mental breakdown. Jo is a complicated character, she was raised by a very religious and abusive grandmother for part of her life, then her aunt took her and treated her like a grown up. Having Lee is the one thing Jo clings to so I understand why she'd do anything for her, but it led to some pretty terrible choices. The adult in me was dying when Jo got deeper into trouble and I wanted to tell her to just find a responsible adult already lol. The mystery of Jo's mom disappearing was interesting, but it resolved too fast and the second half of the story was mostly chaos. If there had been more to Jo's mom and Lee, I think it would have been more engaging. The ending wasn't exactly what I wanted, but it wrapped up well enough.

  12. 5 out of 5

    BookNightOwl

    Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children for sending me a copy of Some Kind of Animal for an honest review. Some kind of Animal is about Jo who's mother disappeared 15 years ago. Jo who lives with her aunt truly believes she has a twin sister who lives in the woods. Every night 🌙 Jo meets her sister for a run which causes her to be really tired and suffer in her grades. One day things go really wrong and Jo and her twin are on the run.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    After Jo’s forest-raised twin sister attacks a boy, everything in Jo’s life changes. She is thrown into having to make a decision that no one, let alone a 15-year old, should have to make: reveal her secret sister to the world or take the heat for the attack. I found that I was unable to connect with the characters. So many times I felt like I understood Jo, then she would do something so odd that I’d just think, ‘nope, guess not!’ This book is very different than anything else I have read. I fou After Jo’s forest-raised twin sister attacks a boy, everything in Jo’s life changes. She is thrown into having to make a decision that no one, let alone a 15-year old, should have to make: reveal her secret sister to the world or take the heat for the attack. I found that I was unable to connect with the characters. So many times I felt like I understood Jo, then she would do something so odd that I’d just think, ‘nope, guess not!’ This book is very different than anything else I have read. I found it enjoyable but it dragged at times. In multiple places I kept wondering where the story could go from here and thinking the author had written herself into a corner, but there was a way out each time! Thank you to NetGalley for providing this ARC to me in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Haley

    **I received a copy of via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Maria Romasco Moore does an excellent job introducing the characters and showing us this dysfunctional family Jo is apart of. The forest and atmosphere that’s created is really fun to read. I liked the relationship Jo had with her strange sister Lee. Jo has a pretty typical teenage relationship with her aunt Aggie, lots of tension. I liked the character that ended up telling Jo the truth about her mother. There were a few thi **I received a copy of via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Maria Romasco Moore does an excellent job introducing the characters and showing us this dysfunctional family Jo is apart of. The forest and atmosphere that’s created is really fun to read. I liked the relationship Jo had with her strange sister Lee. Jo has a pretty typical teenage relationship with her aunt Aggie, lots of tension. I liked the character that ended up telling Jo the truth about her mother. There were a few things that didn’t make sense in the second half. The first was, Jo kisses a certain character (to piss her grandma off) and after that things got less believable. Savannah (Jo’s best friend) interacts with a character towards the end and it doesn’t make sense at all. Lastly there are zero consequences for a death that happens, it’s barely talked about and again, doesn’t make sense. 3 stars for me, the first part was a solid 4.5 stars but the second was 2 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Rochester

    Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book because the premise sounded really interesting and I wanted to see where it went. Honestly, I can see that I liked this book more than most people seemed to and I really don't know why. The book follows fifteen-year-old, Jolene, who has not had the best life so far. As her mother went missing when she was born and is presumed dead, her grandmother and aunt took her into their home Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book because the premise sounded really interesting and I wanted to see where it went. Honestly, I can see that I liked this book more than most people seemed to and I really don't know why. The book follows fifteen-year-old, Jolene, who has not had the best life so far. As her mother went missing when she was born and is presumed dead, her grandmother and aunt took her into their homes, respectively. One night when she is 5 years old, Jolene sees a girl out near the woods and it was like looking in a mirror. She realizes the little girl is her twin sister, that nobody even knew she had. How is that even possible? Well, when Jolene was a baby, she was brought to her grandmother's house all wrapped up in a bundle by the brother of her mother's boyfriend at the time. Nobody ever mentioned another little girl so nobody had any idea she was alive and out there all alone. For ten years, Jo has been living a normal life by day and running wild with her sister at night. Until it starts to get to be too much and she falls asleep in school and falls behind on homework...she tells Lee(the sister) that she won't be able to run at night anymore for awhile and she thinks everything is okay. Until one night she is out with a boy and Lee attacks him, nearly killing him. Suddenly everyone in town thinks it was JO that attacked him and they want blood. During all of this, we start to find out what happened to their mother and nothing is what she thought it was...I'm going to stop there but the book had so many twists and turns that once you reach a certain point, you just don't want to stop. Or at least I didn't. I liked it a lot and I would personally recommend it to anyone that would be interested in the psychological aspect of what is happening.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wendi Lee

    What an odd, captivating YA! Jo's parents have never been in her life, gone by suspected gruesome, mysterious circumstances. She has a twin sister (Lee) who lives in the woods that no one, not even her aunt and grandmother, knows exist. After Lee attacks a local boy, Jo's own life is turned upside down, and she embarks on an epic journey that changes everything. I really, really liked this book. There are so many interesting, strange characters in this small town without its own grocery store. I What an odd, captivating YA! Jo's parents have never been in her life, gone by suspected gruesome, mysterious circumstances. She has a twin sister (Lee) who lives in the woods that no one, not even her aunt and grandmother, knows exist. After Lee attacks a local boy, Jo's own life is turned upside down, and she embarks on an epic journey that changes everything. I really, really liked this book. There are so many interesting, strange characters in this small town without its own grocery store. I did have to suspend my disbelief a bit about Lee, but the story of why she ended up in the woods was really interesting. Jo was a strong, conflicted main character, struggling to find herself in the grim legacies of her parents. And oh, how I loved the ending! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own. This was a wild ride. On one hand, the sheer implausibility of it (a girl with a twin no one knows about who somehow has managed to survive in the wilderness, on her own, for 10 years?) makes it a hard sell. But then, as you start to read it, you get sucked in to the story and it becomes something you can't really look away from. There are themes of feminism, striking out on y Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own. This was a wild ride. On one hand, the sheer implausibility of it (a girl with a twin no one knows about who somehow has managed to survive in the wilderness, on her own, for 10 years?) makes it a hard sell. But then, as you start to read it, you get sucked in to the story and it becomes something you can't really look away from. There are themes of feminism, striking out on your own, religion vs morality, etc that make it compelling at times, but they also complicate things. This is a book that struggles under the own weight of itself. Instead of just being a horror/noir book about a girl who has become feral, it tries to become a commentary on society in general. And there aren't really any redeeming characters. Final verdict: this is a second purchase type of book for large collections. It will have niche readers and that type of following, but it will not be a beloved book by all.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Thought this was along the lines of the typical genres I usually read when I read the blurb but once I started reading the book itself I learned that it definitely was not like the thrillers & suspense that I am used to reading. There was plenty of interesting mini plots within the larger one to keep my mind wanting to know what was going to happen and the characters were definitely interesting as they were developed and there was some stereotyping within the story about small towns and the peop Thought this was along the lines of the typical genres I usually read when I read the blurb but once I started reading the book itself I learned that it definitely was not like the thrillers & suspense that I am used to reading. There was plenty of interesting mini plots within the larger one to keep my mind wanting to know what was going to happen and the characters were definitely interesting as they were developed and there was some stereotyping within the story about small towns and the people within them but it helped to build up the story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily Shaw

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The concept for Some Kind of Animal is intriguing, but sadly doesn't deliver. Jolene meets her twin sister randomly in the woods, and has to keep her a secret from everyone. My biggest issue with this book is how unrealistically irresponsible ALL of the adults are. No one believes Jo about anything, no one really cares about her or any of the other characters, and even the ending is unrealistic. I The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The concept for Some Kind of Animal is intriguing, but sadly doesn't deliver. Jolene meets her twin sister randomly in the woods, and has to keep her a secret from everyone. My biggest issue with this book is how unrealistically irresponsible ALL of the adults are. No one believes Jo about anything, no one really cares about her or any of the other characters, and even the ending is unrealistic. I wanted to like this, but was let down with confusing plot points and no real solutions.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is a stunning book. It is, perhaps, the best book I’ve ever read about Appalachian girlhood, and is important addition to the canon of Appalachian literature. Subtle and with great depth, it explores the possibilities of wildness tempered with the dangers of abandonement, and asks important questions about what it means to grow up female in the decimated parts of “the heartland.”

  21. 4 out of 5

    Coral

    2.5/5 stars I thought this was an okay book until about the second half. I didn't really enjoy where the plot ended up going. Some good sex positive messages for teens though.

  22. 4 out of 5

    BunTheDestroyer

    **received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review** First of all, I want to say that I got a clear feeling for the setting in this book - FINALLY! I'm getting tired of these books saying they're set in some specific area and then giving me no feel for that area whatsoever. I did get a good sense in this book. Automatically 5/5* for readability. I blew through this one and was very eager to know if this "twin sister" was real or a figment of Jo's imagination. I also wanted to know what hap **received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review** First of all, I want to say that I got a clear feeling for the setting in this book - FINALLY! I'm getting tired of these books saying they're set in some specific area and then giving me no feel for that area whatsoever. I did get a good sense in this book. Automatically 5/5* for readability. I blew through this one and was very eager to know if this "twin sister" was real or a figment of Jo's imagination. I also wanted to know what happened to Jo's mom??? Thankfully both of these questions are answered to my satisfaction. That's the plot so I won't bother to recap it in my review. This book had strong writing and relatable characters. The familial relationships are very well done. I sympathized with Jo when no one believed her and when she kept having to sneak out or betray trust to do what she thought was the right thing. I wanted to know more about Jo's mom and more about her and Aggie's relationship with Margaret. I pulled back a star because I had a hard time believing everything involving the twin. Yes, a lot of it is explained. But just because you can explain it doesn't mean it's realistic. I also didn't buy ANY of the romantic relationships/feelings - not one. I would go so far as it say they were unnecessary and didn't add anything to the story. The plotline with the pastor was also...strange? Hard to pick a word for that. He was bad, he was good, he was bad again...he kept cropping up and I didn't need him as a filler character. I definitely thought he was ____ (don't want to give spoilers), but that didn't end up being the case. Once I found that out, he was useless. The ending was resolved too quickly for my taste. Everyone just drives off into the sunset even though there are TWO dead people?? I don't consider that a spoiler since it's out of context. Bottom line: an excellent read, might even reread, and I look forward to Moore's next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. Jo lives in a small Appalachian town with her aunt, Aggie, in the same place where her mother, whom she never knew, disappeared. Everyone in the city knew her story. Her mother was wild, she "went bad", disappeared, maybe killed by her violent boyfriend, but now people are talking about Jo. Jo, who is always tired, who's falling her grades, who runs alone at night. But Jo isn't her mother, even though she has a secret: a twin si I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. Jo lives in a small Appalachian town with her aunt, Aggie, in the same place where her mother, whom she never knew, disappeared. Everyone in the city knew her story. Her mother was wild, she "went bad", disappeared, maybe killed by her violent boyfriend, but now people are talking about Jo. Jo, who is always tired, who's falling her grades, who runs alone at night. But Jo isn't her mother, even though she has a secret: a twin sister, Lee, a sister who lives in the wood, who's wild, savage and hate strangers. All the time torn between two existence, two Jos, one normal, the other wild and free, Jo is struggling with her life. When Lee attacks one boy from city and everyone blames Jo, Jo decides to do anything to protect herself and her sister's existence. I liked how the author write about Jo's conflict about her identity, how she felt trapped in the city, how she looked for answers about her past and her mother's and I could feel the city's sanctimony, its retrograde ideas about women and what they should or shouldn't do. How Savannah tries to find her escape into boys, Jo into woods and her secrets, escaping the town's hearsay, her grandmother and pastor's religion, their need to save "the lost lamb". Still I couldn't relate so much to the main character and I wish Lee would have been written more extensively. I get Jo's need of freedom, but I found her too impulsive and unrealistic, in some parts. The deahts (in particular the second one) I found...lacking, somehow. Without consequences and I didn't like that. I liked Brandon and his role in the story (both in Jolene's and Jo's) and I found interesting the pastor, but I wish they could have been more developed. Notwithstanding Some kind of animal is a particular book, a thriller, a mystery and I liked it. 3.5 stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Celia Rheault

    A different kind of plot line for a YA. I enjoyed it, though the ending didn’t feel quite as solid as the rest. Keep an eye out for this one coming August 2020!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amie

    Thank you to Netgalley, Maria, and Delacorte Press for an advance copy of Some Kind of Animal. Don’t you get so bummed when you love a book and read through the reviews and you’re like, “…did we even read the same book, what is wrong with you people?!” because that’s how I felt about this four star debut. Some Kind of Animal follows Jo, who lives in a small low-income town in Ohio, and the relationship she has with the people around her as well as her secret relationship with her twin sister Lee w Thank you to Netgalley, Maria, and Delacorte Press for an advance copy of Some Kind of Animal. Don’t you get so bummed when you love a book and read through the reviews and you’re like, “…did we even read the same book, what is wrong with you people?!” because that’s how I felt about this four star debut. Some Kind of Animal follows Jo, who lives in a small low-income town in Ohio, and the relationship she has with the people around her as well as her secret relationship with her twin sister Lee who lives in the woods surrounding the town. I was immersed in this from the beginning, The cover is fantastic and speaks to the entirety of the book. There were some flaws, which I’d like to acknowledge prior to singing it’s praises. Ending on a high note is always a good thing 🙂 One thing I was not a fan of was the repetition, which I’ve come to find is common among debut novels. There were several times where I thought to myself, “wait did I go backwards, I swear I read this sentence already” and it wasn’t necessarily things that needed to be reiterated. The other was that we were introduced to several characters that, while not main characters, we never get a resolution about. It’s not an open ending, per se, but there are side questions that I didn’t get answered which is a little annoying. Now, the good stuff! It was atmospheric and creepy. Not really a mystery, but has a thriller/mystery feel. I love small town drama, everyone involved in everyone else’s business, everyone knows (or thinks they know) everything. This book did a good job at realizing those aspects. It was also a family drama, turmoil between the MC and her sister, her aunt, and her grandmother. The mystery of her mother and who knows what and why they won’t tell her if they do know something. There was a good friendship storyline with Jo and her best friend Savannah and the typical drama that goes along with high school friends. There were a few times I was totally thrown for a loop, didn’t see what was coming or felt misdirected into thinking something was what it wasn’t which added to the creepiness. It doesn’t quite fit YA, in my opinion. The characters, yes, 100%. But the plot itself is much more of an adult book, it’s not your standard YA action, action, action. While it does move along well, I just don’t think the typical YA reader will enjoy it as much as someone who enjoys adult thrillers/mysteries. Overall I really enjoyed it, a great mix of YA and adult thriller and I would recommend to anyone who enjoys both of those genres.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Keith Blodgett

    Took me a bit to read this. It would catch my attention for a while then. . . lose it as the story meandered. In the beginning there's almost a supernatural vibe going on. Then we move off from the paranormal into a thriller. Someone's attacked for kissing Jo. No one believes there was someone else there even witnesses. Here the story changes again. Now it becomes a small town ostracising a pregnant girl, (Jo's mother) drugs, religion. Jo, now the same age as her mother was during her troubles r Took me a bit to read this. It would catch my attention for a while then. . . lose it as the story meandered. In the beginning there's almost a supernatural vibe going on. Then we move off from the paranormal into a thriller. Someone's attacked for kissing Jo. No one believes there was someone else there even witnesses. Here the story changes again. Now it becomes a small town ostracising a pregnant girl, (Jo's mother) drugs, religion. Jo, now the same age as her mother was during her troubles runs into the same small town, small mindedness. This is a hard one to review especially review without spoiling the story and not writing a book report. Jo, the main protagonist and narrator lives much of her life inside her head. She's 15 lives in a rural ex mining community. I liked her right up until she does something incredibly stupid with her sister simply because it moves the story along. The whole time she's a dreamer, sure, but she's good at sneaking out, she's clever, intelligent even. So why the shopping trip? It was out of character. It could have been handled so much better but the story required it. I know this review meanders, I apologize. I liked the story, kinda. The author clearly has talent but something is missing, it just doesn't gel into a cohesive whole. Much like this review. Thanks go to GoodReads for providing an advanced copy of this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    mad mags

    A weird and creepy story, no less enjoyable for its eccentricities. (Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley. Content warning for child abuse, domestic violence, addiction, mental illness, and misogyny.) I hide myself as much as I hide my sister. I hide the person I am when I’m with her. When I was a kid it was easier. How I acted in the day wasn’t much different from how I acted at night. Outside of school at least, the kids of Lester roved about, playing in the wood A weird and creepy story, no less enjoyable for its eccentricities. (Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley. Content warning for child abuse, domestic violence, addiction, mental illness, and misogyny.) I hide myself as much as I hide my sister. I hide the person I am when I’m with her. When I was a kid it was easier. How I acted in the day wasn’t much different from how I acted at night. Outside of school at least, the kids of Lester roved about, playing in the woods behind someone’s house or alongside the train tracks, fighting with sticks, running races, trying to catch fish in Monday Creek, acting out plays with dead bugs as the actors. But as I got older, there were more and more things that weren’t acceptable or cool, especially for a girl. I added them all to the secret half of me. That’s the one thing we do all have in common. Pretty much every kid I know is looking forward to the day when they can escape this place. Savannah dreams about moving to a city. She’s always going on about her second cousin in Cincinnati. Other kids talk about heading up to Columbus or down to Delphi. Me, though, I already escape every single night. We are lambs who refuse to learn, I think. We will wander until the end of our days, not afraid of wolves. But together. Always together. Fifteen-year-old Jolene "Jo" Richards has a sister - an identical twin only she knows about. Lee is a wild thing, a feral child, who lives in the national forest that surrounds their hometown of Lester, Ohio. At night, Jo sneaks out her bedroom window to run with Lee. By day, she pretends to be an ordinary, unexceptional girl. Well, as "normal" as a kid like her can be; it's hard to stay under the radar when your mom is missing and presumed dead, a likely teenage murder victim. Jolene, for whom Jo was named, had Jo at fifteen. When Jo's grandmother Margaret found out about the pregnancy, she kicked her daughter out of the house. For a while, Jolene lived in a double-wide trailer on the outskirts of town with "the Cantrell boys" (said in ominous tones, natch), Logan and Brandon. Logan, the older of the two, was widely considered bad news: he sold drugs, abused women, and is possibly Jo's father. (It's hard to know for sure; Jolene was "friendly," as they like to say.) The last time anyone saw Jolene alive, she was enormously pregnant and pounding onion rings at the bowling alley - in the company of none other than Logan and Brandon. A week later, Brandon showed up on Margaret's doorstep and thrust a newborn baby into her arms. Now Jo lives with her Aunt Aggie ... and haunts the night with a specter that only she can see. When a teenage boy is attacked in the woods, Jo the only witness (it happened during her first kiss, the horror), the crime sets off a cataclysmic chain of events. For nearly a decade, Jo has tried to keep Lee hidden, a secret. Lee is wild and paranoid and free; discovery equals captivity, imprisonment, domestication. Maybe even scientific study. Certainly death - if not of Lee's body, then her spirit. But is Jo willing to trade her own freedom for Lee's? After all, the girl who attacked that boy wears Jo's face. Everyone thinks it was Jo who ripped out a boy's throat during a midnight makeout session. As if her rep wasn't already sketchy enough. Some Kind of Animal is, well, kind of bonkers, and I mean that in the best way possible. I try not to shy away from 3-star books, because every once in awhile I'm delightfully surprised by a story that everyone else seems to hate - or hold ambivalent feelings for, at best. (See, e.g., The Blondes by Emily Schultz.) Some Kind of Animal is 110% one of those books: it's bizarre and meandering and the plot never seems to lead where you think it will. It defies easy categorization. Is it a mystery? A supernatural thriller? A horror story? A psychological study? A cultural critique? All of the above? Some Kind of Animal is its own beast, and it's what I love most about it. If I had to sum it up as a mashup, I'd pitch Some Kind of Animal as Thelma & Louise meets Our Endless Numbered Days (or insert your own YA survivalist story here), maybe with a touch of The Grace Year. It's so many things, but at its core beats a fierce feminist heart. This is a story about sisterhood, in both the literal and larger sense. About the way society judges women - and conditions women to judge one another. Through Jolene and Jo and Lee and Savannah, Moore interrogates slut shaming and woman hating. Collectively, they are living, breathing illustrations of how society prefers its women dead and tragic - and maybe just a little bit sexy - rather than alive and wild and in control of their own sexuality. Each is a fascinating character in her own right, but it is their relationships with one another that truly sparkle and ignite. Some Kind of Animal is also a compulsive thriller; more than a hundred pages go by before Moore lets use know whether Lee is simply a figment of Jo's imagination (no spoilers here!). There's a supernatural, otherwordly vibe to the story that I adore; these pages are populated by the night creatures, and I half expected a witch or vampire to emerge at some point. The pacing is pretty wild, too; it feels like you're reaching the climax of the story about halfway through - but, alas, there are still 190 pages left! Where will Moore lead us next? (Astray, hopefully, because these liminal spaces are where the magic happens.) Anyway, I'm glad I snagged an ARC before the reviews started rolling in; I might have passed on it otherwise. It's the kind of story you either love or hate, and I fall firmly into the former camp. http://www.easyvegan.info/2020/07/28/...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Krysta

    I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. The premise intrigued me enough to pick it up, but what I found was so much more than a thriller - SOME KIND OF ANIMAL is a wild, raw, evocative read filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing all the way to the end. Moore weaves a tight, emotionally moving narrative that ties themes of survival, sexuality, family dynamics and toxic religion into a compelling, unique mystery that unravels gradually, tantalizingly, at just the right I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. The premise intrigued me enough to pick it up, but what I found was so much more than a thriller - SOME KIND OF ANIMAL is a wild, raw, evocative read filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing all the way to the end. Moore weaves a tight, emotionally moving narrative that ties themes of survival, sexuality, family dynamics and toxic religion into a compelling, unique mystery that unravels gradually, tantalizingly, at just the right pace. This book deals with difficult, misunderstood, and deeply relatable themes in a masterful, deliberate way - from surviving emotional abuse to accepting who you are, there’s something in this book that will likely resonate with anyone who reads it. The plot is unconventional and held my attention very well, and the characters were interesting and real - I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I am excited to read more from this author in the future.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    I received a free eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It's hard to know where to start with this review, so I'm just going to jump around a bit, don't expect a single cohesive thought here. Some Kind of Animal is primarily a book about running. Running for pleasure and running to stay alive. Running towards a new life and running from the past. The plot almost seems to be rambling a bit as the book goes on, but I actually found that to be a benefit to the book. Our ma I received a free eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It's hard to know where to start with this review, so I'm just going to jump around a bit, don't expect a single cohesive thought here. Some Kind of Animal is primarily a book about running. Running for pleasure and running to stay alive. Running towards a new life and running from the past. The plot almost seems to be rambling a bit as the book goes on, but I actually found that to be a benefit to the book. Our main character's life is officially out of control and the writing really makes you feel that. Jo has no idea what's coming next for her and neither do we. The story ends on a hopeful note, which can almost make you forget that so much is left unresolved. What will become of the character's Romasco-Moore has just spent so much time making us care about? Well, I guess that's up to the reader, because the book certainly isn't telling! This is a very strange read, but also a pretty enjoyable read. I also have a book blog and a booktube channel :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Madalin

    Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC. This book focuses on Jo and her secret twin sister Lee. Lee has always lived in the woods with Jo sneaking out to be with her at nights. When Lee hurts someone in town, the townspeople assume it was Jo, and from there she was to decide what to do to keep herself and her sister safe. I really enjoyed this book. It was super fast paced and I didn't want to put it down. I had to know what was going to happen, and I definitely Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC. This book focuses on Jo and her secret twin sister Lee. Lee has always lived in the woods with Jo sneaking out to be with her at nights. When Lee hurts someone in town, the townspeople assume it was Jo, and from there she was to decide what to do to keep herself and her sister safe. I really enjoyed this book. It was super fast paced and I didn't want to put it down. I had to know what was going to happen, and I definitely wasn't expecting the different twists and turns that the story took. I felt connected to Jo, and I loved getting to know Lee and see her personality come out a little more as the story went on. I especially liked how dark and gritty the story was...again, it was unexpected and I really enjoyed that. My only complaint was the ending, I feel like it was a little rushed. I also feel like there were a few things that happened that should've been taken more seriously, but were kind of brushed over. But again, I really enjoyed this and I would definitely recommend it for it's uniqueness and it's quickness.

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