Monday, January 19, 2015
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Arthur A Levine Books, 2012
Audience: Younger Teens
7th grader Louise should be the captain of her school's gymnastics team - but she isn't. She's fun and cute and should have lots of friends - but she doesn't. And there's a dreamy boy who has a crush on her - but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her - so what is it that's holding her back?
I thought this narrator’s voice was incredibly accurate - it really did sound like a seventh grader. At the beginning of the book, you know something happened to her, but you don’t know what. It’s revealed gently and seriously. I thought it was a good way to show that everyone deals with grief and trauma differently. The best part of the book was Louise’s support system. She had so much love surrounding her during a tough time. It was very sweet and very romantic - on a middle school level.