Brilliant debut. Felt like something written by the sister of the Brothers Grimm but with a modern telling. What Should be Wild is a beautifully written of coming of age story with a wildly strange narrative. Nothing is without its shadow in this book including not only the main character but all of the women that preceded her.
This “curse” reveals itself in the shadows of each woman in different ways. One of the key themes of this story is we all have our choices both light and dark. We also all have our light sides and the shadows that exist within us. Sometimes they are our fears and other times something with a different name and identity. Each woman has become trapped by their shadow. Each makes a choice to go deeper into the darkness of it or to escape it or maybe even embrace it with light.