09 December 2010

Review: Snap By: Alison McGhee

Title: Snap
Author: Alison McGhee
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 144 Pages (March 14th 2006)
From: purchased from Amazon

Synopsis: Eddie Beckey makes lists for just about everything and everyone in her life. And for matters of real importance, she wears (and snaps) an array of colored rubber bands on her wrist. Unfortunately, the world is not always so orderly and knowable. No list can help her cope with what's happening to her best friend, Sally - or change the course of things for Sally's grandmother, whom Eddie has grown to love and depend on as well. With subtlety and insight, novelist Alison McGhee tells the story of a young girl's first encounter with grief, and of the enduring power of friendship.

Review: 3 Stars - Snap By: Alison McGhee is a Middle Grade book about two best friends who are trying to deal with many different issues over one summer. It's sad and sweet and a bit touching, yet their story show how two different young girls deal with their own trying times. One draws into herself and holds everything in while the other uses snapping a rainbow of rubber bands on her wrist to help deal. Finding this book realistic in this day and age was sadly easy. What each character is dealing with could be affecting any young girl or boy.

In the end I wish this book would have been a bit longer and maybe even delve a bit deeper into the issues of both girls. I can understand why this didn’t happen; and can see this book being geared more toward a middle grade audience, so the context, writing and language fit.

All in all, while this book brought on thoughts of just how many young people are out there in the world dealing with issues sometimes much bigger then themselves, I wanted to feel more invested in these two girls and their friendship. I do believe a younger reading audience would find much to relate to within each of the characters – letting them know they are far from alone with many issues they might be facing. Enjoy.

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  1. That was a good review. Very thoughtful.

  2. sounds like the kind of book i would have fallen in love with 3 years ago, im to aware and critical of work nowadays so might not be for me anymore thanks for being honest gal :)

  3. Definitely sounds like an interesting read. May not be my taste, but I did enjoy your reveiw! :)

    BTW...enjoy your holiday time with your family and friends! :)


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