Book Review: Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender

The Woman in Black

I have no clue what rating to give this novel. It is very childish but deals with very important issues. I didn’t care for it and it is a very forgettable novel.

Book Review: Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender


Title & Author: Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Release Date: March 27 2018
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Scholastic


Twelve-year-old Caroline is a Hurricane Child, born on Water Island during a storm. Coming into this world during a hurricane is unlucky, and Caroline has had her share of bad luck already. She’s hated by everyone in her small school, she can see things that no one else can see, and — worst of all — her mother left home one day and never came back. With no friends and days filled with heartache, Caroline is determined to find her mother. When a new student, Kalinda, arrives, Caroline’s luck begins to turn around. Kalinda, a solemn girl from Barbados with a special smile for everyone, seems to see the things Caroline sees, too. Joined by their common gift, Kalinda agrees to help Caroline look for her mother, starting with a mysterious lady dressed in black. Soon, they discover the healing power of a close friendship between girls. Debut author Kheryn Callender presents a cadenced work of magical realism.

As I said above, I have no idea what rating to give Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender. It is full of important issues, such as divorce and a missing family member. But it is written in such a childish manner that it was bothersome. I know it is a middle grade novel, but I almost felt like it was written to be read to children and not actually read by themselves.

I thought at the beginning that this novel was very cute. Because Caroline is a feisty girl who stands up for herself and is discriminated because she is a Hurricane Child (being born during a storm). She is funny in how she deals with this and when her mother goes missing, she is convinced her mother is still alive and needs to be found. When Caroline finally finds her, the girl gets angry because of what her mother did.

Kalinda is a forgettable character, just like most of the story. I can barely remember the events except how Caroline finds her mother and what happens afterwards. But Caroline sees a woman in black, by the end of the novel I still didn’t understand what the role of that woman was.

I give the story overall three hearts, the same goes for the characters and writing. It was a fast paced story, so that I give four hearts. But for my own enjoyment I only gave it two hearts. Which means I in give Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender three out of five hearts.

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