Scout’s Honor – Book Review

Born and raised in New Jersey, Dori Ann Dupré is the essential embodiment of a tomboy. What better proof of that than the fact that she served in the US Army proudly? Her academic background makes her an expert in Science and History – she graduated magna cum laude in her Bachelors. Today, she works for a legal company in North Carolina, and has published Scout’s Honor as her first novel.

Set in Haddleboro, North Carolina, Scout’s Honor is the story of Scout, a fourteen-year-old girl. Given her name and the religious beliefs she was born into, she always she had a lot to live up to.

It’s the August of 1983, and Scout has joined the summer baseball team. One of her teammates is her best friend Charlie Porter. They have been inseparable since kindergarten.

But what she’s looking forward to the most is seeing her crush, who is a thirty-two year old camp lifeguard. Every summer for the past seven years, she’d be ecstatic for summer to finally arrive so she can see him. Her camp is named Camp Judah, and it’s a Christian camp located close to the Catawba River. But a life-altering incident brings her camp experience to the worst possible end.

This book has numerous narrators who take the mantle of the story spanning over two long decades. Scout’s first few years in college in Raleigh, to her becoming a mother and having to face life as a single middle aged mother, it has it all. Her battles with her inner self and individuality and the consequences of her actions which reflect on her life will leave you one hundred percent engulfed in Dori’s words.

It’s more than just the story of a teenage her girl struggling with self-discovery, it is the tale of how she evolves into the woman she grows up to become. Dori is amazing with words, and maybe there is deeper meaning to this story than is apparent on the outside.

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