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Counting by 7s Paperback – September 16, 2014
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We are (mostly) loving this book. Reading it as a family (ages 15 - 9). Some of the language is a little challenging and occasionally the eldest child (surprisingly) complains that she can't follow the story, or doesn't understand the words. The younger ones have no problem with it. The characters are interesting and the narrative is witty and engaging. The narrative is from the point of view of different people in different chapters. About 50% is from the perspective of the protagonist, Willow Chance. There is one small hiccup in the chronological flow, but nothing too challenging. The death of the parents is handled well, and hasn't traumatized the more sensitive children in the family. Sometimes the kids (and the adults) will laugh out loud at the humor.
I've never been one to pick apart books. I read for the sake of the story; to get lost in the life and experiences of another. I read so that I can recommend these books to my students. I believe that as long as a story is entertaining, and a person can relate to the characters - get lost in their lives; relate to them - then the book does what it's supposed to do. I think that anyone who enjoys realistic fiction would find this a really interesting read. I definitely recommend it!
There are a few times when a different character takes first person which is a bit disturbing but overall a good book.
It's listed as a young adult book and would be appropriate for them.
I enjoyed the character development and the matter of fact manner the protagonist has.
Well, This book is horrible and terrible. You HAVE to read it. Seriously. It is a train-wreck from beginning to end. I made the mistake of listening to the audiobook while I was driving...and had to keep dealing with something in my eye. That noted, it is a book of triumph, not tragedy. Watching grief turn to acceptance and ultimately, to hope is a beautiful thing. This book is full of beautiful quotes that I look back on long after having read the book (and listened to it) the first time. A must for any book lover's collection that needs a reminder of the indomitable human spirit and that time and life continue on, the cycle of things continue, and this is as it should be.
Along with absolutely loving the main character Holly Goldberg Sloan created, I thought the author's writing style was just beautiful. Switching from first- to third-person perspective seemed to add depth to not only the individual characters, but also to the plot itself. With so many layers of genius in this book, it kept me craving to pick it up.
I recommend this book for not only young readers (strong 5th grade readers could enjoy this book) and up, but also to anyone who enjoys a moving story with diverse characters and a story line of coping, being an outsider, as well as learning what it means to be a family.
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