This post is a reader’s response to a book read for the 2013 Hub Reading Challenge.
I read this book twice: Once before the Hub Reading Challenge, and a second time during the challenge. Both times, it was a fabulous read. And both times, reading the story made me feel warm and hopeful inside.
I really liked the characters, I really liked the plotlines, I really liked the drawing style, I even liked the panel layouts. I liked how at the end, there were still endings to find. I liked the way that the story echoed life, because sometimes life is crazy and there isn’t a way to fix things perfectly, even if you apologize.
Moreover, I liked Maggie’s honesty in who she was, and I liked her relationship with her brothers and her dad.
There were a lot of messages running through the book, like judging someone on appearances, dealing with the loss of a loved one (whether by death or not), adjusting to changes (mindsets and school settings), taking charge and making decisions, and even using one’s agency. However, the messages were delivered with a very deft hand, so they never came across as preachy.
Another lovely thing about this book was that Maggie and the other characters were true to life. They weren’t perfect, they weren’t supernatural; they were just trying to muddle through the best they could.
It’s really hard to find anything I didn’t like about this book, except maybe that it ended.
— Maxine Henry