Book Review of Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing
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I feel like I need to begin by saying I have both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in English literature, and, for the life of me, I am unable to understand why anyone thinks highly of this book. I couldn't make it any farther than 3 hours into the audiobook. The story struck me as boring, meandering, and pointless. It just doesn't seem to go anywhere. While I feel for the little girl, Kya, and her plight, it's so monumentally depressing and the abuse and abandonment she suffers so extreme that it didn't seem worth finishing. The world is a bad place, especially for women and those living in extreme poverty. I get it. I didn't need to spend my rare free time for reading immersed in it.