A Quick Synopsis From The Reviewer:
When I picked this book up, I knew nothing about birds nor had I ever even paid much attention to them. I had no idea that birds intermingled at ponds, or that sea gulls had a lack of sight. But within just a few pages my interested was immediately sparked. The teenage love story between Joe (a duck) and Julienne ( a swan that everyone had mistaken for a goose) reminded me of a reminiscent Romeo and Juliet story. Although Joe was in love with Julienne, their lifestyles and those around them wouldn’t adhere. Something that we've all experienced once or twice in our lifetime. The plot was heart wrenching after Joe's love was pushed off and dismissed by one of the higher ups. So, poor Joe goes off to New Duck City with a few of his sea gull friends to go and try and make a name for himself. Unfortunately, Joe begins hanging with the wrong crowd and New Duck City turns into a faster lifestyle than he can keep up with! His motivation turns into making his 'bread and butter', stealing and doing whatever else it took to be on the good side of the town's meanest bird, Jimmy, including compromising himself.
Joe stays on Jimmy's good side, but make's a rookie mistake and Jimmy ends of attacking Joe, just as his friends had warned him. Joe ends up almost dead, but pulls through with the help of a friend (Archie). In the end, Jimmy get's what's owed to him after his own minions turn on him, leaving him stuck on a boat to Hong Kong. In a sense, even though Joe and Julienne never would be able to nest together, they basically lived happily ever after, which is great. I truly enjoyed the vivid detail in this story. The authors ability to paint the scene easily allowed me to capture the bird's surroundings, their survival tactics and everyday interactions. As I had mentioned before, I never knew anything about birds and had never took interest in them b however, The author did a great job at educating the reader about the species, and assigning envision-able characters.
The author does a great job at illustrating things from a birds eye view and putting me in the shoes of a duck, a sea gull, a pigeon, a swan and even a Canadian Goose. I felt every character and could hear their voices clairvoyant as they went through every scenario. I felt like I was there, flying in the sky, and taking in all the scenery. I have to give kudos to this author because they did NOT just throw a story together about birds and she did a magnificent job of sticking with the birds true instincts. The author has most definitely done her research and has definitely motivated me to pay more attention to the beautiful mother nature around me.
I also thought that the author was clever in the way that she tied humans into the entire story, not making it just a one sided show. I enjoyed the entire detailed roller coaster that the author guided me through, and had a very pleasant ending. One thing I will say is that there was a part of me that wanted a little more at the end, just a bit more pow, but I am one for a dramatic ending. Also, the way the book is formatted makes it a bit hard for me follow the conversations between the characters when they talked amongst each other, but the book was so good that I continued happily, having to read things over a few times was okay with me. I'll be honest with you, it couldn't have ended any better. This Author did a great job and I would read work from this author again. It was a pleasure reading.