After a lifetime of constant moving and tearful goodbyes, Lucy Mackensie has developed a sort of fortress against new friendships in new towns. However, now that she's living in Minneapolis, all she wants is to have a normal, sensible life. Her father, Mac, is a funny, lovable teacher, and her best friend, Nadine, is fierce, especially when it comes to dealing with her older brother, Bobby. Lucy has to deal with secret admirers and strange crushes that she never really wanted. Everything should be normal for her.
However, horrible things start happening to unravel her life--Mac loses his job, the car is stolen, no jobs seem to be available, the Mackensie's will have to move away...and on top of all of that, Lucy's mother is not home to help them and a strange woman from a place called Elizabethtown wants to offer Mac a job that he never applied for...or wanted.
There are more painful goodbyes in store for Lucy, but this time she is determined to stay friends with Nadine and not let their friendship drift apart. It is hard enough for her to say goodbye, but just as she is preparing herself to leave, she starts to have strong feelings for Bobby and has no choice but to say goodbye to him too. Then she and Mac are off to Elizabethtown where everything seems perfect...so perfect it's disturbing to Lucy. Faced with the prospect of having to be `the new girl' again at a new and even stranger school, her only solace is that Bobby will call her everyday. The problem is...he doesn't. Not until she learns something horrible from Nadine about what he did while she was gone, that is.
Silver Linings is a story of heartbreak, making up, close friends, confusing romances and unwanted romantic feelings, and a very strange new town to live in. The whole story was really exciting and constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. I would definitely recommend reading this book!
I enjoyed the main character and her narrative. It's believable, personal. I like the arguments presented early on and often in the book. The re-emerging theme of solving poverty and how this doesn't work by simply throwing money at the problem is quite realistic. Also the idea that we are the sum of our actions, not our words is refreshingly presented in this book. It's a good read and a great book.
I think I've owed you this review for some time, Lisa. Sorry I didn't get finished with it sooner.
Silver Linings really left me wanting more - what is going on with that town? Is this a socialistic society or trying to be? Where is her Mom and how come they can't get in touch with her. Lucy is a true heroine trying to cope with common teenage problems and NOT so very common teenage problems. Lisa Maddock brings together characters that are talented, lost, well-meaning and loved. I am anticipating Lisa Maddocks next book. I can't wait to find out what is next for the young, talented, intelligent Lucy!