Audience: Children, Younger Teens
Garvey’s father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading—anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey’s life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father—by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports.
I think the most interesting aspect of Garvey’s Choice was the poetry form. Not being an expert or having a particular interest in poetry, I was slightly unimpressed. I appreciated that it was short, and I think that reluctant readers will like it for that reason. The family dynamics were interesting and seeing Garvey grow so quickly were heartwarming, also. Overall, it was pretty good.