Last summer, 11-year-old Quinnen was the star pitcher of her baseball team, the Panthers. They’re headed for the championship, and her loudest supporter at every game was her best friend and older sister, Haley.
This summer, everything is different. Haley’s death, at the end of last summer, has left Quinnen and her parents reeling.
What I liked:
• Quinnen’s alternating points of view between this summer and last summer.
• Book clubs: I had a nice little walk down memory lane when they featured Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret— particularly when I realized that I read it around Quinnen’s age.
• Deals with grief in an accessible way that is both honest and gentle.
• This book made me think about my own life situations.
What I didn’t like:
• The characters felt really flat and two dimensional— most of them had no depth or personality. There was also the lack of character development.
• The writing wasn’t holding my attention.
• Not a lot went on during this storyline— Quinnen went to baseball games, ate dinner with her family and complained about Brandon Williams. But other than that nothing happened that kept me flipping page after page.
• Quinnen and her sister, Hayley, were close last summer— until we get introduced to Zack (aka Hayley’s emo boyfriend).
It’s at this point Hayley goes completely out of character and starts acting, to quote Quinnen, like one of the mean girls on an MTV show.
And it’s also at this point that I gave up.
I was really hoping to like it (mainly because of the cover), but I was let down.
ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.