This was a slow start for me but it‘s still a quick read with lots of laugh out loud moments. 3.5 ⭐️
Book 184/265 5/21/19
Difficult for me to review because I was able to find a path to faith from a similar experience & Craig was not. I think it does accurately depict fundamentalism & while I share similar beliefs, I‘ve also embraced room for questioning, critical thinking, & differences that I hope gives my kids freedom of choice (that God gives us) rather than forced belief. I felt sad for Craig at the end. Others who read this may have a different experience.
My book club met tonight and chose this 2017 Pulitzer winner to discuss in 3 weeks. Most of us are or have been Public Housing managers, social workers, or administrators so we thought this an important read. I‘m definitely looking forward to a great discussion.
As a standalone story of grownup Felix & his granddaughter this is fine. As what was planned to be the finale to a trilogy of a young Jewish boy in hiding during WWII this was wholly disappointing. No wonder it was followed up with After, Soon, and Maybe. Readers couldn‘t have been satisfied. You could skip this and go to After. The synopsis sounds like it picks up where Then left off. I can‘t wait to read it.
Book 171/265 5/12/19
1894. Young Charlotte visits #NewYork with her artist father, keeping a journal along the way. A quick read that introduces children to Impressionist paintings and many of the movement‘s artists. Looking forward to others in the series in which Charlotte visits London, Paris, and Giverny.
Book 168/265 5/11/19
Young Langston loses his mom and he & his dad move from Alabama to #Chicago in the #GreatMigration. Langston deals with bullies, finds a #library retreat where much of this book is set, and ultimately learns of his namesake Langston Hughes and the healing power of #poetry. I fell in love with this character and was rooting for him throughout.
I gave this #middlegrade novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
Book 167/265 5/9/19
This is the book that started my love for #NYC. Read in first or second grade. Begged my mom to take me for years after that.
An endearing main character. The power of stories to protect and remember. Can‘t wait to see what happens next. Already placed the next in the series on hold.
Highly recommend this #middlegrade series set during the #Holocaust.
Book 163/165 5/5/19
There was a lot going on in this book. Adopted black daughter of Jewish parents preparing for her Bat Mitzvah finds her recently-deceased great-grandmother‘s diary and begins a search for what happened to her family during the Holocaust while simultaneously trying to find a way to tell her mom she wants to search for her biological parents. The alternating present day and historical storylines was right up my alley.