More random choices from the book reviews posted by participants in Summer Reading Club for Grownups!
Daring to be Abigail, by Rachel Vail
Reviewed by "BronteFan"
A tale of an 11-year-old girl, reinventing herself at camp. I really enjoy reading summer books about that period in life. It's nice to remember what you thought of at that time and see how far you've come. Peer pressure is such a big deal when you're a kid. But, you know what? It doesn't end when you're no longer a kid. Adults experience peer pressure, too. I never had the opportunity to go to summer camp when I was a kid, so I do enjoy reading about what it probably would have been like.
Editor's note: Although it's not about summer camp, you might enjoy reading Counting by 7s, a delightful novel by Holly Goldberg Sloan--it's about a smart outsider of about that age who has to reinvent her life in ingenious ways when tragedy strikes; or The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, which follows the relationship between Paloma, a 12-year-old genius, and her cantankerous landlady, Renee (set in Paris).
Reviewed by "crafteegirl3"
This book is about a girl named Angie, but everyone at school calls her "Fat Angie." She is a severely depressed and overweight girl who has contended with suicide attempts, a disconnected family, and a horde of bullies at school. Even through all this pain and suffering, Angie is still able to hang onto a small sliver of hope: She is hoping to try out for the high school basketball team. Angie's fortunes change one day when she meets the new girl at school. K.C. Romance is beautiful and witty and clever--not at all the type of person who would ever be friends with Fat Angie--but a friendship blossoms from their mutual need to survive their lives and the storms that rage within. Fat Angie has many, many lows but she begins to learn that the only highs she will have are the ones she makes for herself.
I really liked this book, simply for the fact that the main character was so flawed as a person but she still tried every single day, and a person like that deserves a cheering team. Fat Angie's family has experienced tragedy and she is not giving up on herself and her life. If you are looking for a realistic fiction book with plenty of drama, then this would be a good choice for you. You will find yourself championing for Angie too!
Reviewed by "mrscaseyestrada"
Amazing memoir of a girl's journey through foster care (she spent nine years of her life in 14 different foster homes) and eventual adoption. Provides so many insights into the minds of children experiencing trauma. HIGHLY recommend!
Twelve Yards: The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty Kick, by Ben Lyttleton
Reviewed by "cesgdv3"
I personally don't like penalty kicks in soccer, but Ben Lyttleton creates an entertaining narrative and provides interesting anecdotes from penalty kicks taken in the history of the sport, insights that a fan won't otherwise easily know about. A great read for the diehard fan who likes to delve further into their favorite sport.