Publisher: Delacorte-Books for Your Readers
Age Group: Middle Grade
Miles is an anxious boy who loves his family's bowling center even if though he could be killed by a bolt of lightning or a wild animal that escaped from the Philadelphia Zoo on the way there. Amy is the new girl at school who wishes she didn't have to live above her uncle's funeral home and tries to write her way to her own happily-ever-after. Then Miles and Amy meet in the most unexpected way . . . and that's when it all begins. . . .
I find it interesting when I own a book by the author but read the second, third and/or even the fourth book before reading their debut novel. It is not because I do not want to read their first novel but most likely that I add the book to my never ending to be read pile that never gets tackled because of all the books that I am currently buying.
This is one of those books. There are just those books you get a feeling from that prompts you to drop everything you are reading and dive in. This is one of those book. There are books where you can cuddle up in your chair with a cup of hot chocolate, a blanket and lose yourself in its pages. This is one of those books.
Written simply to the point where words flow, pages turn with ease and you become one with the story. A story with a boy, a girl and a flying bowling shoe. I wasn't sure what I was expecting. I did think that I was going to find some obvious moments but surprisingly those were the moments I loved most. These moments that made me smile, laugh and feel real.
Throughout reading, Donna elegantly capturing the emotions around the two things that seemed to surround the main characters the most. A bowling alley and a funeral home. Two polar opposites but in a way so relatable to people. And I do not mean these two exact locations but the fact that growing up we found a single place we always found ourselves leaning back on. For these two characters this is something they knew they had and for them it represented family and a space where they could feel safe. We need places where we can feel safe and that we can go to when we need to escape.
Overall this was book and is a book that I needed to read. A book that was simple but still impactful. Donna Gephart effortlessly writes a novel that resonated well with me and will do the same with so many more. A contemporary novel not failing in bringing those moments we see often but are still able to enjoy. A contemporary novel that will end with the reader smiling. a contemporary novel we will remember.
I give this book 4 souls!