Thursday, April 24, 2014

2014 book 88

Cynthia Kadohata's The Thing About Luck
Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2013, this is one of those books that probably resonates more if you read it when you're an actual young person, and not 35. Not that parts of it aren't charming, because they are. Plus, it's educational--I never before knew so much about wheat harvesting! (I realize that sounds facetious, and don't mean it to.) I was just uninterested in Summer's crush (though liked how that plotline resolved) and some of the writing was a little bit TOO for-young-people. But everything with Summer and her family was great, and I enjoyed Summer's efforts to make sense of A Separate Peace, a book I also struggled to comprehend at that age. B+.

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