The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti is a short novel (336 pages) about a few people who end up in a very shitty situation; an affair, crime, drugs, societal influence, investigations. Their individual lives are thrown into a hurricane, forced to look at themselves in new perspectives and move into a clearer mindset.
This book has it all. Sadness, regret, guilt, love, passion, jealousy, immaturity, anger…you name it. You will go through a roller-coaster of experiences and evidence, left for you to decide who may or may not be guilty.
The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti was an interesting read. There is a lot to take in from the very beginning. It starts simple, you get to know the four main characters and how they are all linked. At first, I had trouble reading this book because it has time jumps. So I constantly had to backtrack to previous chapters to understand what day or time I was reading in.
There was so much in this book to absorb, it is hard to know where to begin talking about it. There were so many things running through my mind, trying to figure out why people were acting the way they were, why all this bad stuff was happening, why certain characters were being so unreasonable; all without giving away the whole book.
Firstly, all the characters have obvious parts of a humans soul. We can all experience jealousy, anger, love, compassion, etc. Each character resembles specific human emotions and how we would possibly react to those emotions. I can admire all the characters and what they experienced in their life. It would be hard to understand their exact feelings since I have not been in there shoes.
For example, there is a child in the story that has autism. Living with a child being diagnosed with that illness would be very hard. The presence of autism could change a marriage, friendship, a whole life without ever realizing that change is happening. So I can see how some of the characters acted or felt the way they did.
Some of the characters actually annoyed me some because of how they were written for the story. Since I was reacting that way towards them, I could relate well to other characters. There are teenagers in this book that are very well projected in the present time. Always on their phone, cyberbullying, calling names, in cliques, thinking they are always right, and the middle of the universe. Thinking back on when I was their age, I can (unfortunately) remember being/feeling like that. So the teenage characters were written pretty well in my opinion.
Towards the end of the book, as you are finding more information about what has happened, there is a twist that reveals itself. It made the story more complete. It helped to answer a lot of the questions I had as I was reading. So I was happy there was a resolution to one of the main questions at hand. The book does keep you thinking though through the end of what really happened since it does not fully answer one problem. You are given the choice of who and what you believe.
It took the whole book for me, but I finally understood all the characters and who they were as people towards the end. I understood their decisions and their personalities, why they acted in certain ways. It was relieving to finally understand who they were and it helped the book come to an end.
You may have opinions of what others should be doing, but sometimes it might be hard for that person to act in that way. Human emotions drive many, if not every action we do in our daily lives. Sometimes we get caught in the moment and don’t know how to explain ourselves to others. Sometimes we feel alone and pushed away. We try to give ourselves out to those we care for but are cut off and misunderstood. The Blackbird Season goes through all of these emotional ties and you will ask yourself, “Why are these characters acting like this?”, “Why can’t they just do or say this?”. In the present time, they might not think to do those things you are screaming at them through the pages to do. The characters also will ask themselves the same questions as you are. So our minds are intertwined and thinking similarly, but the actions don’t respond.
Overall, it was a decent read. Not the strongest I’ve read in the past, but it does make you think of what other people might be experiencing in their lives and how delicate they can be. You never know who is going through what. The best thing we can do is listen and be honest with ourselves.