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Arcadia - Lauren Groff I really liked [b:The Monsters Of Templeton|1474628|The Monsters Of Templeton|Lauren Groff|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328051913s/1474628.jpg|2881737] and had very high hopes for this novel, especially after the sustained glowing praise. And it does start off rather strong: a precocious youngster living in a vividly realized commune setting. But the final third of the novel makes you reevaluate what the whole thing was about - it turns out, in my mind, that the novel is really about a boy and his mother. And while that's not a bad thing, it's also a betrayal of the premise in a way. The story of the rise & fall of Arcadia is a really good one - so it was disappointing that it ended up taking a back seat to the story of Bit. I rather wish it'd been a more omnipotent storyteller instead of following the young man, as I would've really enjoyed all the drama at Arcadia from a more grown-up perspective. But the boy & his mother story is also really truly lovely - and so the book can't be that bad.More at RB: http://wp.me/sGVzJ-arcadia