I devoured this book in 2 days. It's the 2nd book I've read by this author, and I love her writing. This story contains politics and religion, especially strong at the start, but it's just the background of the story.
The narrator is Evelyn, a bright, not pretty, 10 years old girl. She has no dad, but a wonderful single mom. They are at risk, one domino falls and others follow. Evelyn tries to find meaning and stability in religion, but it is her teachers and her own good mind and choices that lift her up and keep her from repeating her mothers' mistakes.
As a kid who grew up in a small town in Kansas in the 80s, this book really hit home for me. I knew from the first sentence I would love it and stayed up way too late reading it. This was my first Laura Moriarty book but won't be my last.
This was written so well - observations and thoughts that really reminded me of being 14 years old myself. A quirky way of making connections and wondering about the way things are... and a main character who is human and interesting and faulty and kind and confused.
While everyone around her seems oblivious to how their poor choices impact their lives, Evelyn lies in the snow pretending to make snow angels, holes up in her bedroom reading books that are gifts from encouraging teachers, and climbs on top of the apartment roof at night to watch the stars and contemplate life. Evelyn is young, but she's smart. She’s usually the first to finish tests in school and the one who wins the science fair because she follows directions. It’s her introspection and her ability to think for herself despite the oppositional forces around her that enables Evelyn to break the cycle of underachievement and instability that navigates the lives of her family, friends and neighbors. This is an outstanding novel that would make an excellent book club pick. Readalike: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.
The ending to the book is as if the
author ran out of paper and/or thoughts.
Had I read this book first, I would\
have never considered The Chaperone.
and that would have been my loss. The
Chaperone I would recommend...the
If you like Jodi Picoult, try this author.
white_horse_316 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 15
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