The Mountain Lion is a coming-of-age story that uses the rural Midwest to symbolize young Ralph's maturation. Stafford explores the tense sibling relationship between Ralph and his pretentious sister Molly, two outcasts who can only seem to count on each other. The cast of characters and writing style is reminiscent of Bronte's Jane Eyre, making the Mountain Lion an entertaining tale. However, towards the end Molly becomes so unlikable that the tragic twist comes almost as a blessing. But if you feel like getting in touch with your primal side, this book will definitely foot the bill.
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Review submitted by: Kirsten Moore, History & Screenwriting Student