Vanguard Spotlight Book of the Month: July 2022

Monthly Reads from ASU-Beebe Students, Faculty and Staff.

ASU-Beebe Employee Favorites

Each month Abington Library will feature a favorite book from a faculty, staff member, or student. They will give a brief synopsis of their chosen book.

Featured ASU-Beebe Student: Grayson Griggs

Grayson Griggs

About Grayson

Major: Associate of Liberal Arts and Science 

Future: I plan to use my associates to attend Arkansas State University and finish a degree in Biology with a Pre-Med emphasis. I plan to become a pediatrician if all goes well.

Programs: ASU Honor scholarship, ASU Leadership scholar, Campus Care Council Chairman, Freshman Senator,  Student Success Council Member

About the Book

Where the Crawdads Sing” is a coming of age book that is full of love along with heartbreak, exploration of the beauty of nature, and a mysterious murder of the town's famous athlete. But all of these involve the town's mysterious Marsh Girl, Kya. 

This story had me on the edge of my seat from the very first page and didn’t let me go till I set the book down. But even still some of it has stuck with me since reading it. This book was beautifully done with deep descriptions of nature that looked after a young Kya who was abandoned by anyone except for her marsh. This book had my heart pounding during talks of who could have murdered the all-star Chase Andrews. It gave me misty eyes watching Kya struggle through loneliness, heartbreak, and poverty. But it also filled me with joy as Kya defied all odds time and time again. There was plot twist after plot twist and I never knew what was coming next. I truly was dumbfounded at the end. 

This book made me feel deeply and it felt like I was really right there with Kya the whole time. It didn’t feel like just a story, it felt real. Few authors can evoke that type of emotion through a story, but Delia Owens did. This book is one of the ones that makes you wish you could go back and experience it for the first time again and that is why I recommend this book. 

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