Thursday, May 29, 2014
Book Review: "The Swift Boys & Me" by Kody Keplinger
I've got to say, I really enjoyed this bittersweet middle grade novel that deals primarily with friendships and family relationships. There are two major events here that rock Nola's world - events that are common yet still can be catastrophic at this age - that are dealt with authentically and sensitively. This stuff hurts, it makes you angry, and makes to react in ways you don't expect or anticipate, but you have to own up to it. You will wish that everything would just go back to the way it was, but can it? What would you lose if it did? Can some things actually turn out okay on the other side? Growing up is hard. You are forced to react to so many things out of your control that it is difficult to take ownership of what you can control.
And I couldn't control my tears as I came to the end of this story.
The Swift Boys & Me
by Kody Keplinger
Source: Publisher for honest review