A story about a wounded girl and the boy who won’t give up on her.
7th grader Louise should be the captain of her school’s gymnastics team – but she isn’t. She’s fun and cute and should have lots of friends – but she doesn’t. And there’s a dreamy boy who has a crush on her – but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her – so what is it that’s holding her back?
Phoebe Stone tells the winning story of the spring when 7th grader Louise Terrace wakes up, finds the courage to confront the painful family secret she’s hiding from – and finally get the boy.
Firstly, I think this book would be better suited with the teen books. In my local store I find it in the 9-12/tween section and I really didn’t feel it had any pieces to connect with that age group besides the outdated Bieber references.
Louise calls herself Thumbelina because she feels small and insignificant. She is really trying to find herself as she deals with bullying, boys and grieving the loss of her mother.
Things I liked:
– Light, easy read. It was short and there weren’t any complicated twists.
– Thumbelina’s struggles were real, including her naïvety
Things I didn’t like:
– Lack of resolution. Although I don’t necessarily think everything needs to end the same way, I wasn’t exactly satisfied with the ending.
– Dated. Authors who reference popculture run risk of being dated. Unfortunately, Stone made a wrong choice in references to make here because the Beiber Fever has been cured.
– The lack of character building. Even the main character felt shallow. I understand it was part of the story but I really felt disconnected.
Overall, I am happy I read it but would only recommend it to someone looking for a short and easy read.