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Image Book Blurb: “In the tradition of Out of My MindWonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family. 

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life… until now.

Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.”

 

 

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan is truly one of the best books I have read in awhile. I had gotten used to young adult fiction and honestly I really enjoy that genre but once and a while after reading only the same genre revolving around the same concepts I get a little bored by it. So I happened upon this book, which was an advanced readers copy and just one of the many books on my bookshelf collecting dust, I grabbed it and started reading.

 

At first I have to admit I was a little bored by it, just because its not my usual kind of book but Willow with her weirdness just grabbed my attention. I sympathized with her because I was also that little girl who had trouble making friends and was a very very very avid reader. Gradually I found Willow’s weirdness to be endearing and I really can say I enjoyed this book. To me it wasn’t a tragedy and it easily could have been with Willow’s weirdness she could have been bullied and being the child of adoption who is of color with parents that are white yeahhhh this could have gone either way here but I loved that it was a happy ending but not one of those and they lived happily ever after happy endings, it was more of okay she’s with people who understand her she will be content in life and regain and maybe even embrace her weirdness.

 

Altogether, this is a really strong book and I feel its so great for any genre. I feel like she really made a difference in so many people’s lives without even meaning to. Whether it was a cab driver that felt that he had a dead end career, or a surly Vietnamese woman who raised her children in the garage behind her nail shop, or a therapist who honestly needed a great deal of therapy himself, she really did make a difference to all these people’s lives without even meaning to and its truly poetic in some ways.

A must read for anyone that has ever felt truly weird and also one that has fallen into a slump of reading books that all sound alike.

 

Five out of five stars definitely!

 

Counting By 7s

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Book Blurb:

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn…

 

My Review:

I admit I picked up this book with a bit of hesitance since it is the second book of a trilogy I haven’t read. I was really pleasantly surprised by how much this book engaged me. Lilia, is the good rich girl that pretty much has everything she wants including a horse she loves and kind of neglects. Mary is timid and sweet and I often felt sorry for her home life with her crazy aunt and Kat is the badass and her portions of the book are often humorous filled with the “wow I cant believe she just said that” moments. All the characters are generally likeable but Ill be honest I found myself reallly disliking Mary. She is just too sweet and sometimes a little too stalkery, but by the end I have a full grasp on why she acts how she does. 

 

The ending was well predicable, it did have some portions that were a bit unexpected like what happened with Rennie but overally throughout the book you have many hints of whats to come. Its general predictability and the fact that at times it kind of lagged on and on and I found that the writings were a bit schizophrenic based on the different point of views of all the girls leads me to give this book a 3 stars out of 5 rating. 

 

Would I reccomend this to a friend? Probably, this book was good and had some parts I just couldn’t put it down but it did have its flaws that made it just not for me.