Thursday, December 19, 2013

Counting by 7's

Book: Counting by 7's
Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan

Review: Willow is a 12 year genius who loves the number 7, plants and diagnosing medical conditions. She is orphaned when her adoptive parents are killed in a car accident. With no family to speak of, she is temporarily taken in by a classmate's mother.

While the premise of the book sounds depressing, it was heartwarming and ended up in me "happy crying" at the end (of course it happened when I was at the dealership getting my oil changed and the mechanic came over to tell me my car was ready, embarrassing!). While Willow was a slightly frustrating protagonist (she was seemingly wonderful at almost everything she did, which wasn't believable) the people surrounding her were wonderful.  This was a slow read at times, but full of heart.

Grade: 4/5

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