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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Analyzing the Prescotts is a work of fiction in the southern, family saga, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult audience and contains some moderate sex references. Penned by author Dawn Reno Langley, readers are invited into an emotionally charged exploration of a family in crisis, wrapped within the backdrop of a community struggling with LGBTQ+ hate crimes. The novel unravels as each member of the Prescott family grapples with their identities and emotions when their father, Hailey Prescott, transitions to live as a woman. This transformation sends shockwaves through the family, pushing them to the brink of their emotional boundaries. Dr. Cotton Barnes, a psychologist, enters the picture to help the Prescotts navigate this turbulent period. What follows is a narrative told through various voices and unique formats, mirroring the complexity of each family member's struggles. From avatars to third-person perspectives, the characters' narratives are as diverse as their experiences.
Author Dawn Reno Langley has crafted a truly gripping and deeply relevant novel that adeptly combines the family's personal challenges with the larger societal issues of hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community. The characters are well-developed with their own unique identities, attitudes, and dialogue styles, and their stories are both poignant and unabashedly raw. Cotton's internal battle to save the Prescotts adds an additional layer of complexity to the plot that I really enjoyed, offering us new levels of unpredictability that make for a compelling and emotionally charged read. Langley's storytelling is both sensitive and authentic, tackling important issues of identity, family, and community in a thought-provoking manner. This novel is a testament to her ability to craft a powerful narrative with a deep exploration of human emotions and relationships that leaves you thinking long after you finish reading it. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Analyzing the Prescotts to anyone seeking a sharply penned contemporary drama that tackles current societal problems head-on.