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An American Library Association Best Book of 2005 and a Newbery winner. I highly recommend this book. It is a wonderful character study of a young girl dealing with the loss of pre-pubescence, lost of a potential friend and the potential loss of a dear family member. A great story full of hope.
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Although this book wasn't awful, it wasn't terrific either. The characters are wonderful, very believeable in their realities. She captures teenage moodiness, sibling rivalry and grandmotherly love. I didn't quite like the parenting she put out. But my frustration was that there were several themes, none of which she gave enough attention or detail to. The missed opportunity with Olive is the most central but also the most uneven. The ending accentuated that. The sea water was for naught, the mother having moved was more like a cliff hanger... Come on! I can see someone moving away after a spouse dies, and there is certainly untold trauma after a child dies but why the move?
But also left out there hanging was her entry into liking boys and her discovery of her grandmother having a life of her own. Both of those themes were very pleasant and real but did not get to go far enough. It seems like the author did not or could not keep this story going any longer. He ran out of steam. Maybe because it was an adult man writing about an adolescent girl.
Regardless, overall it was okay. Narration was good, nothing outstanding either positive or negative.
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