In Once Upon a River, 16 year old Margo Crane is abandoned by her mother, witness to her father's murder and a victim of a terrible act by a family member she thought she could trust. When everything she's ever known falls apart Margo takes to the Stark River in a boat left to her by her grandfather. The river is her paradise and also her biggest foe.
I personally liked this book even more than American Salvage, Bonnie Jo Campbell's National Book Award Finalist. Being from the Midwest myself, I was enamored of the Michigan setting. I loved the toughness of this girl, even while hoping that she would start making smarter decisions. (Especially where men are concerned!)
I realize I haven't come up with a fancy rating system for the books I talk about here and I don't know that I ever will. I'll just say that I really dug this book and I think you will too! Have you read this? As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts: