This book was so cute. The characters are believable and very funny! I love the spunky personality of April Grace and the author has really given us a clear picture into her thoughts and actions.
She has a sister who thinks that she needs to be a sophisticated city girl because of some new neighbors that moved in from the city. April Grace thinks that they are quite horrendous and tries to avoid them at all cost. Soon, her sister becomes anorexic because of the influence of this neighbor. While this is a serious topic, it is dealt with in a way that the tween-ager can understand and hopefully, learn from.
April Grace is also very upset about her Grandma's new boyfriend. She feels that he is sneaking around, but no one will listen. Finally, she takes matters into her own hands, and finds out that he is a con-man out to steal their farm. April Grace finally got the adults attention and stopped her Grandma from marrying the con-man. It is a great example of how we don't always listen to kids, but they have important things to say.
Throughout this book, many lessons are taught creatively-acceptance of others, not judging others, and generosity are just a few.
I loved this book once I got into it and would recommend it easily! 5 out of 5 stars!
I was given a copy of this book for purpose of review.
This book sounded so fun that I was eager to review it. I picked it up a dozen times and read the first paragraph over and over. Sometimes, I just have to be in the right mood to read a book. But I was so glad I finally got into it. What a cute book! April Grace is an 11-year-old living in the Ozarks. She has a 14-year-old sister, Myra Sue, who avoids hanging around her younger sister. April Grace is full of spunk---and has a sarcastic mouth. Their parents were childhood sweethearts and have an amazing marriage. April Grace's mom is generous to a fault. Her grandmother lives alone behind their farmhouse.
Some city folks, Ian & Isabel St. James, appear at their door one day, looking down their noses at April Grace and their dog. Well, actually, they look down their noses at anyone in the area and feel themselves to be superior to these backwoods folks. But wouldn't you know it...April Grace's mom ends up inviting them to stay in their home while their old house is being renovated. Myra Sue is smitten with Isabel, a city ballerina, and begins to imitate everything Isabel does.
A loud-mouthed old man, Jeremy Rance, shows up and begins showing interest in Grandma. April Grace has a bad feeling about him and catches him snooping around Grandma's house. But Grandma is enamored...and even changes her hairstyle and hair color for Mr. Rance.
April Grace is a pretty perceptive 11-year-old. She sees things for what they are and tries to tell her parents, her grandmother and even her sister but it seems as if everyone just sees her as a smart-mouthed kid.
This book will have you laughing out loud! KD McCrite is witty and has a fabulous writing style. I wholeheartedly give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. And I can't wait to share it with my granddaughters.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
"Boy, oh boy", this book was a fun, light-hearted read.
While this story about April Grace and the life around her started off on the wrong foot with me, it wound up to be a good, feel-good book. What I didn't like was the back and forth bickering between April and her older sister Myra. As a mom of a teen and a tween I can completely relate to April and her view on life. Also, as a christian, I felt some of the christian beliefs a bit stretched.
I found the characters to be very full of personality. The author did a fantastic job of bringing them to life. April has an honest eye for good and bad in people. If this were a melodrama you can hear the boos and hisses when the bad guys comes out and the claps and cheers for the good folks.
This book breaks down stereotypes and pride. Though this wasn't a very deeply moral book, you do get the just of the book. Which is to treat everyone kind, and to watch out for old men who smell of "Old Spice". (Do get it? Read the book.) Would I let my kids read this, probably. Would I encourage them to, no. Am I interested in reading the sequel? I think I would.
I am going to say something about this book that I NEVER say about Christian book selections - HILARIOUS! I mean Laugh-Out-Loud and read it to your husband funny!
April Grace is an eleven year old (going on 15) living in the Ozarks with her older sister, Myra Sue, her parents, her suddenly-hip grandmother and her new "citified" neighbors. April Grace is not about to tolerate being talked down to by her new neighbors, nor her grandmother's new Texas boyfriend. She keeps her guard up and tolerates them to keep peace, but when push comes to shove - she speaks her mind.
What April Grace doesn't realize is that rather than being judged, she's the one being judgmental and it takes a family crisis for her to recognize her own faults. I loved reading the outrageous thoughts April Grace has about the people around her. Her description of her grandmother's driving is unforgettable and spit-take worthy. My other favorite parts are when Mr. Rance, Grandma's boyfriend, invites April Grace to go to town with them for a cheeseburger. April thinks,
"Now, I was of two minds about this. While I was downright overjoyed that I might be safe from Grandma's driving this week, I really, really did not want to sit in a cafe with those two senior citizen lovebirds. What if they started smooching right at the table in front of God and everybody?"
"How anyone can be that dumb and still be able to eat with a fork is beyond me!"
Not only are April Grace's thoughts entertaining as all get-out, she's unravelling a mystery and learning to be like her parents - Christians who never judge and constantly put others before them, serving tirelessly and generously.
This book was given to me for review. Opinions solely my own.