The Law of Moses

The Law of Moses - Amy Harmon this book took me longer to review than most do, because i had a genuine amount of feelings over it. i've been swooning over it for days, bragging about it to anyone who would listen, and i feel like it made a real impact on who i am as a human being. in other words, this review is incredibly biased toward the positive, toward how it made me laugh and cry and feel all warm and fuzzy inside all at once, toward how full-bodied the characters were, and the potency of noah and georgia's relationship, as dysfunctional and unhealthy as it was in at least 3/4 of their story.

more importantly, come hell or high water, this review will be spoiler free! i want my review to inspire at least one person out there to pick up this book and read it. if you're on the fence about it, jump down and read this book. you won't regret it, i promise.

let's start off with georgia, kind-hearted, smart-mouthed, horse-loving, gender-role-challenging georgia. she's as tough as nails and as pretty as a picture, completely uninterested in boys and even friends because of how focused she is on her life goals and her family. she's driven, stubborn and passionate, ambitious and unwavering, but she's still distinctly feminine with a taste for braids and pretty clothes. she's everything that i want in a lead woman, from the very beginning of this book until the very end. she has moments of weakness, vulnerability and desperation, because when you love someone, sometimes you don't care how much it hurts. sometimes it's obsessive. sometimes your dignity and pride don't come first. she's realistic, imperfect, brazen, and beautiful.

and noah -- oh my god, noah. he's broken and damaged, afraid of everyone and everything and most of all, himself. he wants to run away. he doesn't ever want to sew any roots so he never has to rip them out. he's a beautifully complex character, frustratingly realistic, and he's quite possibly the most relatable character i've read about so far. he's biracial (so am i) and he's living up in a small, white town (so did i) but he's the only one who really cares about it (so was i) because no one in the town cares if he's black, purple, green, blue, yellow, or white (neither did anyone in mine) as much as they care about how he's a crack baby who's been nothing but trouble since birth. noah is sick - mentally, and somewhat physically, with his own grief, his own pain, and more than anything, his own fears. he's an artist, compelling and consuming and amazing.

noah and georgia's relationship isn't perfect. it's far from it, actually. but it's real. i can understand why they're together, how they wound up as in love with one another as they are. the passages in this book gave me goosebumps sometimes, especially when they were about noah and georgia. it was beautiful. i can't say much more or i'll get into spoilers, but if you read this book, you'll know what i mean when i say i loved their romance more than most.

the writing was beautiful. the characters were beautiful. the setting, absolutely everything was beautiful. read this book.

i would also like to take a moment to say that i genuinely appreciate how the author never fetishized their relationship or noah, not even once. there was no mention of how their relationship was interracial, there wasn't even any frowning on it from the outside for that reason, which i appreciated both as a mixed woman and a small town girl who hates how there's a stigma that assumes all country folk are bigoted, or at least racist/homophobic and as mean as a rattlesnake about it.