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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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06/08/2008 Archived Entry: "e-Book Review: Some Kind of River"

Some Kind of River
Written by Andi Marquette
Published by Torquere Press
ISBN-10: 1-60370-270-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-60370-270-6

Review by Linda Yau

Dez is a graduate student who works summers as a rafting tour guide. For the last few summers, she had worked at a place where she was best friends with a fellow river kayaker: Mel Hammond. Dez has a secret crush on Mel, never imagined that she would feel the same until a company Truth or Dare game proved otherwise. The blurb of this story seemed appealing, but when read, it proved to be a disappointment.

Written within 49 pages of a narrative perspective, this story wasn’t as compelling as other contemporary lesbian themed stories. The wording of the story made it feel like a long winded story on a slow paced day. Some Kind of River was definitely a weak story.

There were several glaring reasons in this story. One was the many internal angst and self-doubting that Dez had throughout the story. The author mentioned how she wouldn’t really know how to read other people, but to be constantly reminded of how she couldn’t read the signs of Mel and worry about ruining the friendship – points out an insecure individual. Then there is the sloth footing of Mel and it wasn’t clearly explain at all as to why she suddenly had that new appearance, and why she would act a certain way.

There were the fragmented events in the story. Parts that can only be surmised as to what could have occurred; an example of this is a past event of a deceased friend of Dez and Mel. Another example was the lack of character explanation; some characters were introduced and not mentioned again or vice versa, such as the case of the families being mentioned in one part and never mentioned elsewhere in the story.

Other than some brief wording, the passage of time also felt pretty choppy with no clear indication as to time passage. At a general scale, the entire story of Some Kind of River was written as though the author expected the readers to relate or understand parts of the story without fully explaining things. Anyone else can probably have a different opinion for this story, but for those who expect more from a book, then don’t set yourself up for disappointment.

There is an excerpt of the story located here for perusal.

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