Wow. This book is beautiful. Equal parts coming-of-age, adult love story, and murder mystery, this genre-bender follows the life of Kya Clark, a girl who grew up fast after her family abandoned her in the marshlands of North Carolina. From mending cuts to learning how to read, Kya's self-sufficient life in the woods keeps her isolated, earning her the nickname "the marsh girl." Written by a zoologist, the prose is full of lush scenery and vivid texture that brings the characters and setting to life. Read the first page, and it'll surely draw you in.