BOOK REVIEW: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

January 27, 2015

in Books

orphan train

This book has been on my reading list for a long time. I just wasn’t sure what to expect so I didn’t pick it up for a while. But I’m so glad I did.

Orphan Train is the story of two orphans with a drastic age difference. I will admit that I was much more interested in the story of the older woman that I was the younger. However, the friendship that grows between the two is hopeful and heartwarming. The characterization of Vivian, the older woman, is compelling while the younger, Molly, is a bit cliched and flat. I would have liked to know more about her and earlier in the novel.

The story of the orphan train is heart-wrenching. So be prepared. However, the one thing I was afraid of, cruelty to children, was handled well and not the focus of the novel.

I gave this novel 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed the story. The writing was smooth and descriptive. It did take me about 50-75 pages before I really got into the story, which is about where the story shifts backwards in time.


Rating System
0 stars – terrible
1 star – skip it
2 stars – ok
3 stars – enjoyable
4 stars – amazing
5 stars – life changing

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Paola Fuentes January 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

I hope I can find the book on Scribd though.
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