Serena by Ron Rash


The only reason why I wanted to read this was because Jennifer Lawrence plays Serena in the movie that was released in 2014.

The book is about two lovers who own and run a woodcutting business. Set in the year 1929, Serena is determined to have the best company  and will do whatever it takes to make that happen. But Serena is a different woman. As the story unfolds, she continuously surprises her staff and husband with her impeccable skills and practices.  From identifying different trees to handling and training an eagle to hunt snakes in the surrounding area, Serena is exactly what you would call a ‘Jack of all Trades’. Just as things seem to be going perfect for Serena, she makes a shocking discovery about her husband which triggers multiple tragedies that throws their lives and company into a downwards spiral. How far will she go to get what she wants?

Personally, I didn’t really like the book. Woodcutting doesn’t spark any kind of interest in me. Serena was a little too cray cray so I didn’t like her. To be quite honest, there weren’t any characters that I liked. I felt bad for her husband but even he wasn’t that good of a person.

I will be seeing the movie eventually though and I bet I’ll like it better than the book because I won’t be sitting there for like 20+ hours. Which is the amount of time it took me to finish reading Serena. Besides, Jennifer Lawrence is a great actor so I can’t wait to watch the movie.

I’ll be giving this book a 4 out of 10 for being very interesting near the end.


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