The Summer People Analysis

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Review Essay Here I am in my first semester of of college, and of course I have to read a book about fairytales. Just for a little background, I’m not a fan of fairytales at all. The first story of Kelly Link’s Get in Trouble was “The Summer People”. As I open the book and start reading I’m a little confused because our teacher said it was a fairytale. The story does not leave the real world, which is awesome for me because I know it cannot happen. Kelly Link, in “The Summer People”, tied in fantastical elements into a real world society that is very interesting and understandable for the realist reader. In “The Summer People”, we find a young girl who has a very troubled childhood. The setting takes place in somewhat of an old timey town, …show more content…
That plays a huge role in keeping a realist reader like myself and others like me interested in the story. She was able to tie in fantastical elements such as cleverness/trickster, human weakness(curiosity), tall story, and guardians (of humans). She always leaves that eerie feeling of who are they? Are they harmful? What do they do? She never specifically gives it away and always keeps you wondering about these people. In Michelle Dean’s review of Get in Trouble with thegaurdian.com says,” In ‘The Summer People’ the metaphysical people of the title are not clearly defined. All along you wonder: who are they?” She also does a great job with foreshadowing when bringing up stories about her mom and trying it into the climax and ending of the story. Fran said, “Did you mean it when you said you wanted to help?” (35) This quote sank into me later when she ties it into the ending. It is one of those stories that you pick up on all the clues at the very end. Though I am not the biggest fan of this type of writing, she was able to keep a realist reader, like myself, …show more content…
She was able to keep me into it by staying in the real world and by the way she tied everything back together at the end of the story, making it very enjoyable to read. This story opened a new type of reading for me to get into. Even if you are a fan of mostly real world stuff, this story is very interesting and may even open you up to a new type of reading for you. If you are into fairytales and mysteries then I would for sure recommend this story to you. If you are into mostly realistic fiction and nonfiction I would still suggest that you give this book a shot. Her ability to tie in a fantasy world into our everyday society is very interesting and entertaining to read. She has a very subtle way of going about implementing the fantastical elements, leaving you with some sort of a puzzle to solve at the end. The “Summer People” is a very thought out, well written story. It is a very interactive read, always keeping the reader into the story. I would suggest that you give this book a shot; it may tap into an unknown interest in this type of

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