Review: Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan


Book Information:

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
Harper Collins Publishers
Published in 2000
ISBN 006028452
216 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.


4 out of 5

When thirteen-year-old Koly’s parents arrange a marriage for her, she discovers that her husband is very sick. However, things turn out for the worst when her husband dies, and she is abandoned in a city with other widows. What will become of her?

The plot kind of reminds me of The Dowry Bride, but on a less gruesome scale since the mother-in-law isn’t trying to kill her. Also, it is a little bit more romantic, in my opinion. So, the book already had my attention because of these two things. However, there are some similarities between the two books, especially with the characters’ personalities. Evil mother-in-law, weak father-in-law, mommy’s boy, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end.

Anyways, even though the characters are kind similar to The Dowry Bride, I think this book captures a different light and is much better at describing and having a good ending. Also, it is a lot less gruesome because no one is trying to kill Koly. ^^ The characters in the book are still pretty enjoyable, despite the similarities with the personalities.

The descriptions, metaphors, similes, etc all paint a pretty good idea of what Koly is going through in your head. They were all pretty much done beautifully and some of them made me laugh, and this was a very good aspect of this book.  ;) I think I mostly enjoyed this book because of these things. :D

Anyways, with everything Koly goes through, including the ending, kind of reminds me of a cultural Cinderella. However, even though the ending was pretty good, I wish there was more to this book. Though, the author left the story at a good enough spot so that you can imagine a happily ever after ending yourself.

Overall, I am pretty much satisfied with how this book turned out, especially with the romance (for a young adult book).

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011


Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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