Published: March 6, 2007
Series: Morgan Rawlinson #1
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Being sent to your room is one thing. But being sent to another country?
Morgan's boyfriend dumped her on the last day of school - it seemed the only thing to do was to hack off her hair and dye the stubble orange. Unfortunately, Morgan's parents freaked and decided a change of scenery would do her good. So they're sending her off on a bike tour of Ireland.
But Morgan gets more than she bargained for on the Emerald Isle - including a strange journey into some crazy, once upon a time corner of the past. There, she meets fairies, weefolk, and a hunky warrior-dude named Fergus, and figures that she's got some growing to do-and she doesn't just mean her hair.
I. Love. This. Book.
Why I Let My Hair Grow Out had been sitting on my shelf for years, unread. Then this week I read Kare's review of the series and knew I needed read book, now! I seriously can't believe I waited this long to pick up such an incredible book, be sure you don't make the same mistake as me!
When we first meet Morgan she is going through a rough break up from ultimate d-bag, Raph. She makes the drastic decision to shave all her hair off and her parents freak out that she's about to go off the deep end so they decide sending her to Ireland would help her get past her old relationship.
I never wanted to travel until I read this book. Maryrose Wood's descriptions of Ireland makes me want to hop on a plane and visit a.s.a.p. Also, the accents and the amount of hot boys with said accents makes the country that much more appealing!
My favorite part of the book was the main character, Morgan. Her sense of humor is perfect: very sarcastic, dry and just so witty! My sense of humor is very much like that so I was busting out laughing half the time and the other half I was totally relating to what she was saying.
I loved how this book felt like two genres: realistic fiction and fantasy all in one. When Morgan is on her bike trip through Ireland she is in modern day, but when she travels back to the past she is Morganne the semi-goddess meant to save her people from a fairy's bewitchment of them.
The awesome thing about this time zone conundrum is that there is double the hot Irish guys, double the awesome supporting characters and double the amount of Morgan's awesome sense of humor while trying to soak all this new information in.
I loved how this book was really easy going, it didn't force information on you. It fit into the story so well and you learn Irish folklore while Morgan does so it's not like this info vomit at you while your reading. That's another thing I loved, how the author incorporated old Irish tales into the plot! I've never read a book about them and it was just enough of the stories for me to understand.
The best part of the book was the main character. When we first meet Morgan she is going through a break up from ultimate d-bag, Raph. She makes the drastic decission to shave her hair off and her parents freak out that she's about to go off the deep end and decide sending her to Ireland would help her get past her old relationship.
"Why is it that anytime you do anything new that involves a group of people, the first thing that happens is 'orientation'? Are human beings in such a constant danger of becoming disoriented that we have to keep stopping and orienting ourselves?"
(I've already ordered books two and three, I'll be compulsively checking the mailbox until they arrive!)