I am a huge fan of everything science related. From my point of view, one should only believe in scientifically proven facts. I don’t mind if someone tries to change my beliefs if he/she has the right arguments. I love a good contradictory discussion, so I will listen to a person who tries to convince me that water is not composed of two molecules of Hydrogen and one of Oxygen if that person can give me an accurate demonstration of that chemical theory. So, naturally, due to its plot, I was so excited to read Catherine Haustein “Natural Attraction” book.
An easy lecture about a girl who wants to make it in a men’s world
The action of the book is set in 1870 in the US around a young girl named Clementine, who dreams of becoming a naturalist. Because of the times she lives in, she is forced to transforms herself into a man named Calvin.
The book is a fantasy, but it has a little bit of everything. Reading it, you will discover a druid with its magical tonic that reduces the estrogen and increases the testosterone, love, homosexuality and drug usage. The plant that the characters used to induce hallucinations intrigued me the most. The author describes it as a special mint, so I tried all the book to figure out what Catherine Haustein refers to. After a lot of attempts at remembering what I learned in college, I think I figured it out. She may have described a subcategory of sage – Salvia divinorum which looks like a giant mint (I hope that she will read this review and confirm or infirm my theory 🙂 ).
The Reading badger’s opinion about the book
What I enjoyed the most about the novel is that at the beginning of each chapter there is a small presentation of an animal. I found it very pleasant and educative. I really liked the idea of the plot, but I somehow lost my enthusiasm at the romantic intrigue between Clementine (Calvin) and the preacher. Despite this, I soon regained my interest when the scientific part kicked back in.
I think that the problem for me was that Catherine mixed two genres (some kind of children fantasy with adult romance). I would enjoy if she would have just stick to one. However, I understand that this is her first novel, so because of this, I want to congratulate her for it. I am sure that she will rock the next one. She has potential, and she is a great storyteller.
All in all, if you are in search of a holiday read take “Natural Attraction” in consideration. It is a pleasant book, and you will also learn some great things about the fauna around you.