My treat this week has been reading lots and lots.
Lots of YA books again but the joy of this is I can say it’s all research and hand over books to friends children afterwards so there is lots to gain from reading children’s books it would seem!
I read Smiles to Go.
A lovely story about a science obsessed kid who has an annoying little sister – it follows his life and his science projects and some of the questions he has about the universe – it follows his friendships with his sister as an annoying little echo or a full on force in his face throughout the whole story.
Then something happens. Something big. So huge it has him questioning so many things but mainly – the whole idea of a sister and the sister that he has.
It’s a typical Jerry read – wonderful characters – and lots of insight and morals. Some think he’s too forceful with the morals – but I think sometimes you gotta pack a punch! Metaphorically of course.
I also read Eggs.
And I have to say – I did it – I finally found a book by Jerry that I was not so keen on. There are two kids, David and Primrose – they don’t particularly fit in. The one girl has decided to live in an old van parked in her driveway and she has a friend she goes to visit in the evening who is another misfit. She collects garbage that she sells a junk fares to make money for snacks and to do up her van. Then there is David – he is being brought up by his Nan whilst his dad is away working. His Mother tragically died a little while before. Primrose and David become firm friends – but pretend they hate each other.
Although this book starts off ok and sounds like it’s going to be – it never really takes off and for once I never really got into the characters.
But it didn’t put me off.
I then went on to read:
Jake and Lilly – twins – they do everything together – including sharing a room. But suddenly all that changes – they get given their own rooms and Jake breaks away and makes his own friends. There are wonderful messages about not picking on someone because they are different. On how you can still be with someone and not have to suffocate them. And just because you can’t see someone doesn’t mean they don’t care. A beautiful read that brought me back to Jerry’s work nicely.
I also read Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning.
This was about 17 year old Molly – who, along with her friends forms a band with songs such as Hello Kitty Speedboat, they are having fun. Then they meet Dean and T who joined the band and bring an edge to it that rockets them to super stardom. In Molly’s innocence and her wanting to be more grown up than she is – she ends up starting the story talking about how the record company is trying to sue her for millions of dollars. A great read for anyone who wants to or wanted to start a band in their teens. It puts in music, a little history lesson on life and on music – romance, betrayal and a lot about when things get out of control. A fantastic read.
I always say there are too many books to read and not enough time –but that’s another great thing about YA books – I seem to eat them up! I always wanted to read like ET, I’m not quite there yet though.