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Wreath Paperback – October 1, 2011
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This book is a masterpiece woven into 281 pages of pure genius. . .Wreath is a book that I will be reading again and again. And it’s one of my favorite books. Judy Christie created a character that we can all relate to. While it’s geared towards teens, any reader whether adult or teen will fall in love with Wreath.
An orphaned teen is running from grief and the system. Now she’s finishing high school by day and squatting in a junkyard by night, flying under the radar. But when a teacher grows suspicious, she may have to move on before she graduates. Powerful YA about friendship and family.
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Set in a small town in Louisiana, this book tells the story of Wreath, a sixteen year old whose mother has died. Alone and determined not to end up in foster care, Wreath runs away to find a better life than the one she's known. She jots her goals down on a list. Find a place to live. Get a job. Finish high school. Go to college. Avoid notice. That last goal is extra important because her mama's boyfriend, Big Fun, is on the lookout for her, and his intentions are worse than shipping her off to foster care.
The heart of this story is the cast of quirky characters that Wreath meets. There's Clarice, the overly helpful lawyer who seems to pop up when Wreath wants to go unnoticed most; Law, the cute guy who has more in common with Wreath then she thinks, Julia, the nice teacher who loves art; and Faye, the crusty-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside boss who needs Wreath's creativity to turn her stagnant business around.
But the star of this novel is Wreath herself. She's strong, independent, and resourceful. Even though she's living in a junk yard with little food, Wreath does her best to find the bright side of things. She names the junkyard the Rusted Estates, keeps her van home organized, and improvises with the resources at hand.
In the end, will Wreath find the happy life she desires or will Big Fun destroy her and her dreams? To find out, get your copy of Wreath.
That's how I felt reading Wreath.
I would be incredibly happy to see even a a made for tv movie made of Wreath!
It is a good story.
Let me say that again. It is a GOOD story. There's not enough of those for young adults anymore.
This is a good story with good characters! And not one character is making a decision about biting someone's neck or having sex or any of that other stuff. I know that some of that kinda stuff is "real" but I think we've beat our kids over the heads enough with that stuff.
Wreath is a good kid. She's just trying to get to college. A boy gives her butterflies in her stomach. Her mom dies. Oh yeah, and she lives in a junkyard...
Like I said, its a GOOD story.
After a lifetime of taking care of herself and her mother, Wreath refuses to ask for help, from anyone. She sets up house in a junk yard, gets herself a job and puts herself through her last year of high school.
I found parts of this book predictable and other parts really special. Wreath is a lovable character, someone you'd want to know in real live. The cast of friends she gathers around her are also fun easy to like and relate to. The only problem with this book is that some parts are rushed, especially the ending. After a long lead up, about 90%o of the book, the climax and wrap up of the book seems to tumble down a hill very quickly. Although the ending is satisfying, it's rushed through much too quickly and could use some definite work to feel more natural.
However the story is sweet, thoughtful and young adult appropriate.
About the Author (From her website):
Judy Christie is an author and consultant who lives
in Northwest Louisiana.
She writes inspirational fiction and nonfiction.
Her popular Green series chronicles the goings-on in the small Louisiana town of Green and is part of Abindgon Press's new inspirational fiction line. The third book in the Green series, The Glory
of Green, will be released Spring 2011. It follows Gone to Green, her first novel, published in 2009, and Goodness Gracious Green, which came out in 2010.
Sponsorship Disclaimer: A free eBook copy of this publication was provided to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own as always.
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It was an original idea and plot and I enjoyed watching it unfold. Towards the end I couldn't put it down.Published 1 month ago by Christine Kobierski
This book is captivating, with a story line that flows easily from beginning to end. The primary character is a very independent teenager, but in many ways a very believable... Read morePublished 1 month ago by NonnieSSp
I felt for Wreath. She is a strong girl. I'm glad Big Fun got it in the end
I'll try more books by Judie Christie
Truly remarkable book by a great author. I enjoyed the encouragement I received from this novel. I would truly like to read more by this author.Published on November 12, 2013 by Dianna Morris
The book has a slow start but if you stick with it, you will be rewarded. Enjoyable book to read!Published on September 2, 2013 by Liz
This story captivated me from the first page and held me until the last word.
As a high school teacher, it gave me pause about the circumstances of my students' lives,... Read more
I loved this book! I could not wait to see how it ended and then was sorry when I read the last page! Great storyline and I fell in love with endearing Wreath!Published on May 19, 2013 by Diane
One thing I appreciate about Judy Christie's work is that she doesn't fall into the "helpless woman needs a man as quickly as possible to make this book work" pitfall as many... Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Readermom
Sometimes, there's nothing greater for a reader than finding a new book that just resonates deep within. Such was the case with me and my last read - Wreath. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Christy