Narration 5 stars
I am so glad I finally got to this book, it was of my to be read books for too long. I originally picked it by title alone, and never read the blurb. This has proven to be a good method of picking books for me so far. I loved this feel good, great characters with real problems story.
Olivia, works in Boston for a major restaurant where she has relations with the married boss. Her days are numbered when she sets fire to the restaurant and realizes she may not be where she wants to be in life. She heads to the country to her dear friend where she finds a job working for a cranky woman in small town where everyone has real issues and big hearts. The books follows her as she stumbles, sticks her foot in her mouth, runs, gives, shares and eventually finds her truth. It is a feel good read with a lot of bumps. While I found one of her choices wrong the author made it work for this character.
I look forward to reading more for this author
Last year I got a Humble Bundle of Small Bear Press books that I archived and never got to, so I'm dedicating June to at least testing out some of them. I read one last year called Stranger Things Happen that a lot of people seem to like but I hated it. A lot of these look good though. They seem really creative so I'm holding out hope. Once I finish Dragondawn, I will tackle this pile and see where it leads.
Audiobook- good narration
Young 17 years old surfer girl from California just starting to fall for her surfer pal Eric in Santa Cruz is forced to land loving Nebraska for her senior year summer. She suffers from culture shock, lose of friends, familiar grounds and activities. Her days once filled with waves and friends now are filled with, her cousins care after her aunt was hurt in and car accident. There she faces her fears of becoming like her mother who abandoned her and her dad. While in Nebraska she learn a lot about her self her family and the meaning of friendship.
I liked this story for the family tie theme most of all. It showed an unselfish dedication rarely seen in entertainment. Her struggles with her mother, boyfriends and friends was well written. It came across as a little to PC preachy at times to me, but might not to the younger crowd it was aimed at. There is a character with one arm that is danced around then faced honestly. I enjoyed it, but would recommend it for the preteen reader.