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Tomatoes must go in the middle of the sandwich and not get the bread wet 5 Sometimes the most important things don’t fit on lists But when Zelda finds out that Gert has resorted to some uestionable and dangerous methods to make enough money to keep them afloat Zelda decides to launch her own uest Her mission to be legendary It isn?. I m surprised how much I enjoyed this book I figured it d be a 2 3 star read for me and I m glad it exceeded my expectationsThe main character Zelda is a young woman with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome She is obsessed with Vikings and makes sense of her world and herself by comparing them to Vikings She is such an enjoyable vibrant and likable character and I found myself drawn to her from the first page As another friend noted in her review the book felt derivative of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Often that is a turn off for me even when I loved the first book as I did Curious Incident However this one still worked and I didn t want to put it down It s different enough that it felt original As Zelda learns to become an independent adult she strives to live according to Viking ideals especially when it comes to putting her tribe first and being brave When events begin spiraling out of control Zelda uses the lessons she s learned from studying Vikings to give her courage to confront the challenges that arise Engaging and heart warming this is a beautifully rendered novel with characters who jump right out of the pages When used to describe a book the term heart warming is usually a big red flag that I won t like it However for this one it worked

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Sometimes life isn’t as simple as heroes and villains For Zelda a twenty one year old Viking enthusiast who lives with her older brother Gert life is best lived with some basic rules 1 A smile means “thank you for doing something small that I liked” 2 Fist bumps and dabs respect 3 Strange people are not appreciated in her home 4. Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestWHEN WE WERE VIKINGS is a book that has a very interesting premise but is potentially problematic in a lot of ways I breezed through it pretty uickly normally a good sign but when I finished I found that I had a really bad taste in my mouth Something about the book really didn t sit right with me I finished the book on my lunch break and spent the rest of the day with my thoughts on the back burner trying to figure out what exactly it was about the book that rubbed me the wrong way I think I figured out what those things are but before I get into that I need to tell you what the book is aboutWHEN WE WERE VIKINGS is the story of Zelda a high functioning adult with fetal alcohol syndrome She lives with her older brother Gert a man who should be in college but instead works as a runner for a local gang Zelda who lives her whole life by rules that make her feel comfortable takes umbrage with this and when Gert s activities get all of them into trouble she takes it upon herself to bail her brother outInterspersed with this are scenes of Zelda s everyday life she goes to an adult daycare where they teach her life skills she ll need to take care of herself she has a boyfriend a developmentally disabled boy named Marxy with whom she wants to have sex and she also sees a therapist named Dr Laird who she talks to about everything else Zelda has a narrow scope of interests which mostly revolve around vikings and dabbing She dabs at people to greet them and lives her whole life to the viking credo including talking in Ancient Norse and later hefting around a giant viking swordSo what didn t I like about this bookHonestly I m shocked that this book has such high ratings I m guessing that people probably think the subject matter is brave but I found a lot of it upsetting First this whole book feels incredibly exploitative in some ways Zelda has fetal alcohol syndrome which typically causes facial irregularities or deformatives Zelda is uick to tell us she doesn t have these she s just a small woman All the men in this book think she is SO attractive and keep telling her how hot she is What makes this extra icky is a big part of this book involves a subplot with Zelda wanting to have sex for the first time with her developmentally disabled boyfriendI get that people with disabilities want to have sex too but making sex the major focus of Zelda s internal and external sense of worth seemed kind of gross When she and her boyfriend do go at it it goes horribly horribly wrong It was SO cringe The only other action she gets is from a guy she refers to as normal normal meaning not disabled very ableist who only wants to use her and a guy who attempts to rape her So even though sex is a big part of this book none of it works out well for Zelda She is lusted after by virtually all male characters in this book but doesn t really get to experience any empowering sexuality for herself it s all abuse and disappointmentI also felt like the whole viking and dabbing angle was really twee It felt like an excuse to make Zelda seem precious and uirky Like a manic pixie dream girl She even refers to herself as a valkyrie Everyone else in this book is super uirky too just in case that wasn t annoying enough And what s with the blurb calling this book heart swelling It s actually really disturbing and dark and takes a pretty dismal look at how women and people with disabilities are viewed Even Zelda the main character looks down her nose at her less functional peers with superiority Yikes Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 25 stars

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??t long before Zelda finds herself in a battle that tests the reach of her heroism her love for her brother and the depth of her Viking strength When We Were Vikings is an uplifting debut about an unlikely heroine whose journey will leave you wanting to embark on a uest of your own because after all We are all legends of our own maki. 35 I have mixed feelings about When We Were Vikings Zelda is a young woman born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who functions well in a scripted routine She views everything in black and white is crazy about Vikings and uses simplistic language with words of the day thrown in Initially the novel felt derivative Curious Incident and YA except for the sex talk I stuck with it because I thought the contradictions around her burgeoning sexuality and desire for independence were interesting as well as her relationship with her brother The novel became compelling and less predictable as it continued and in the end I liked it


10 thoughts on “When We Were Vikings

  1. says:

    I absolutely loved being inside of Zelda's mind Zelda a high functioning young adult diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome has something about her that everyone can relate to While exploring life’s boundaries she often compares her world to the Viking world Though others consider Zelda “not normal” she considers her life a uest and strives to fulfill her legacy while searching for identity battling for independence and overcoming li

  2. says:

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestWHEN WE WERE VIKINGS is a book that has a very interesting premise but is potentially problematic in a lot of ways I breezed through it pretty uickly normally a good sign but when I finished I

  3. says:

    As a fan of all things Vikings I was drawn to the cover of this novel and had a certain expectation on how it would follow If the blurb and uotes did not give it away I soon found myself uestioning if I had the correct book at hand that I so expectantly put on top of my tbr the moment it was in my possession What I was reading was both plain and endearing in the use of verbiage but also resembled the main adul

  4. says:

    Audiobook read by Phoebe Strole ebook syncI’m not an enthusiastic Viking reader in any shape or form I trusted other readers that this book had very little to do with Vikings but it was still too much for meI wasn’t interested in Zelda’s tribe or dressing correctly to get into character Even with a somewhat

  5. says:

    I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this book I figured it'd be a 2 3 star read for me and I'm glad it exceeded my expectationsThe main character Zelda is a young woman with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome She is obsessed with Vikings and makes sense of her world and herself by comparing them to Vikings  She is such an enjoyable vibrant and l

  6. says:

    A book where the main character is obsessed with Vikings? Not normally the kind of book that I would jump all over I actually have no clue what made me want to read this book but whateverwhoever it wasthank youZelda is a character that is different Zelda is a character that I wish the world had of She is honest outspoken for her tribe and knows what she wants In this story we get to go with her on her uest for a bitZelda lives with her big

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    5★“With Gert I do not mind going to new places If I am alone I do not like new places since it’s easy to become lost or kidnapped and held for ransom”It’s Zelda’s 21st birthday and she’s an adult today Her older brother Gert with whom she lives has already surprised her with a Viking stripper who makes balloon animals but doesn’t strip today She thinks he’s great “He looked like he could defeat horde

  8. says:

    35 I have mixed feelings about When We Were Vikings Zelda is a young woman born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who functions well in a scripted routine She views everything in black and white is crazy about Vikings and uses simplistic language with words of the day thrown in Initially the novel felt derivative Cur

  9. says:

    This is a very engaging debut novel featuring a young adult with a cognitive disability Born with fetal alcohol syndrome Zelda is high functioning but is uite guileless and naive not always understanding social interactions and people's intentions which can get her into dangerous situations Her parents both died when she w

  10. says:

    What a fine A VERY FINE story Andrew David MacDonald has brought us in When We Were Vikings That ending was just beautiful I'm still leaking tears as I write this review At the end of this epic tale this talented author di

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