5 Stars Out Of 5
â€¢Â°oâ€¢:*:â€¢.Full of Heart.â€¢:*:â€¢ oÂ°â€¢
May 19, 2014
Heather Guerrero, Homeschool Mom to 2Blessings
This book is so unique. Setting â€“ *sometime between 2010-2014. Samantha has lived in a group home and has the opportunity to move out as a young adult woman, or accept a grant to further her education, but she will have to continue in the group home.
She opts for the first choice, but the job doesn't last long. She is forced to move back to the group home, and reapplies for the grant. Understandably the foundation is hesitant, and rather than give her the money outright, they require regular updates via penned correspondence to ensure she will not change her mind again. To ensure anonymity and no potential attachment, she is instructed to address the letters to Mr. George Knightly, who will in turn read them, but not respond.
She agrees to the terms, but finds great therapy in the letter writing and spills forth all sorts of personal information.
Rather than chapters in this book, there are dates. The date each letter is written. I really enjoyed it and read it cover to cover in one day.
Sam does a lot of growing in the course of the story. Her head is filled with literary quotes, which she randomly shares with people who usually do not know what she is talking about. That was fun, because if you enjoy classic literature like Jane Austen, you will appreciate those moments. I don't usually read modern stories, so when she referenced PBSs Downton Abbey and Sherlock, well, I actually shouted, â€œYes!â€ in delight. I was unsure of the *exact time setting until then.
The sub-story of Kyle, a messed up, angry teenager in the group home, was a strong and moving one. Getting to know him through Sam's eyes and experiences with him was interesting.
I especially enjoyed the strong influence and love of Professor and Mrs. Muir. What they did for Sam moved me to tears (but, no spoilers).
I did not care for her first boyfriend, Josh. But the friendship she develops with Alex, a famous author was a treasure to see develop.
Yesterday in church, our pastor shared how â€œOne wrong turn on the road can change your day, but one wrong turn in life can affect you for years. It is important to think ahead and consider the consequences.â€ Some of these characters did that, while others did not. There were many â€œconsequencesâ€ throughout this book. Truly interesting.
This is Katherine Reay's debut novel. I can't wait to read what she comes up with next!
Things that are included: *Discussion Questions at the end. *Q&A with Author
I purchased this copy and opinions are my own.