Friday, November 2, 2012
Review: Wide Open
Wide Open by Larry Bjornson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wide Open by Larry Bjornson is a look at the way some people chose to tame the wild west in the late 1800s. This book takes place in Abilene, Kansas in 1871. The Merritts, a hard working family, have set up their family in the town, but are not at all happy with the rowdy cowboys brought by each summer with the cattle trade. Instead, Will's father wants it to turn into farming country. Although the farmers seem to have no luck, Will's father may just have the thing it takes to help them out. They also enlist the help of a new sheriff, Wild Bill Hickok.
I love that this story is told through the eyes of Will, a young boy being raised on the plains. It gives a unique perspective at the situation in town without getting into all of the details. Instead, like any boy, he is occasionally distracted from the adult problems and focuses on being a kid, although many times throughout the book he is asked to quickly grow up.
Overall, anyone who enjoys a good western or a coming-of-age story will want to check out this book. It is well written and exciting. You won't want to put it down.
*Reviewer received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads
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