Walk on Earth a Stranger

Leah Westfall has a secret. She has been hiding, and only trusted her family with that burden. But when her parents are killed and the murderer is coming after her and her secret, Lee must flee to California where gold is plentiful. “Walk the Earth a Stranger” – by Rae Carson was a wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone.

The foremost reason I loved this book is because of the vivid imagery. The first sentence that you see is “I hear the deer before I see him, though he makes less noise than a squirrel—the gentle crunch of snow, a snapping twig, the soft whuff as he roots around for dead grass.” I love how she gives so much detail, as if you were there with her uncle as she sensed the thin layer of gold dust that covered him, when she hands her precious gold locket to Andy, when she rescued Doreen from a horrible fall. I cried, I laughed, I lived alongside Lee.

The second reason is because of the relatability. Although I don’t have gold-sensing powers, I can still relate to keeping secrets and how they will one day eat you alive and you will wonder who you are. I also see how when they figure out Lee is a girl, they all treat her differently. “That is not proper” or “That is not how a lady sits.” I can feel Lee’s frustration with them and anger at the world for being like this. I love how relatable this book is.

Rae Carson has done a magnificent job with this book, and I would recommend it to anyone. Now if you will excuse me, I have to go checkout the sequel.

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