This book started out slow, but I hung in there in hopes of it getting better. I was sadly disappointed. Half way through I just gave up and put it down. It would more likely be a good book for teenage girls, but I think an adult would not find it very stimulating, and I love to read Amish fiction.
This is the first book to which I have given a poor rating!
Lizzie Glick is the second oldest of five children in her family. Her family lives in Jefferson County and her datt owns a pallet shop, but her datt has decided to sell the business and become a farmer. None of the family really want to move to the country, because there aren't very many Amish families living there, Lizzie's biggest worry is how her and her sister Emma will find any Amish boys to date if there aren't any, but soon Lizzie has more to worry about than boys because her mamm becomes sick and needs to be admitted to the hospital, so it falls on Lizzie and her sister Emma to take care of the house, something Lizzie hates.
When Lizzie is forced to work outside the home, she hates it, but her mam is determined to prepare Lizzie for what she will need to know when she marries. When Lizzie turns sixteen and starts "running around" she soon realizes its not as easy as it seems.
Lizzie comes off as a whiny, unhappy Amish girl and thinks that no one really likes her, but in truth she actually has self esteem issues. Her sisters are thin and pretty, while she is a bit overweight, and is also dealing with pimples! She is going thru a rebellious faze in this book, and actually I was pretty surprised at how disrespectful she was to her mamm, not something I normally read in an Amish story. Just when you think she is growing up some she reverts to her whiny ways.
The writing style of this book took a bit of getting used to, for me it took reading half of the story before I actually became interested. The way the author jumps from past to present had me re reading parts of the story just to get it! I also found a few areas where there was a few inconsistencies, for instance when Lizzie and her sister was painting at the King house, one page said the walls were old and cracked the next page said it was a new house, or when Lizzie was hanging clothes on the line, in one sentence and then in the next sentence it mentions Emma hanging them.
While we didn't get to experience alot of Lizzie running around in this book, overall it was a nice getting a glimpse of Lizzie and her family, and since I read alot of Amish stories I normally don't run into any new Amish words but I did in this book, and having the Amish glossary in the back was very helpful. The author also includes several yumtastic Amish recipes for us to try out as well.
Reading this story really reminded me of the series of books that Carrie Bender wrote a few years back.
This book is the first in the Lizzie Searches for Love Series, and while this book is written for the teen to pre-teen audience I really enjoyed reading it. I look forward to reading more of Lizzie's antics in the next book
When Strawberries Bloom, which was released in October 2010.
Thanks to FSB Media for providing me a review copy.
I really enjoyed the story telling of this book. Lizzie is the neatest character and I found her very refreshing, relatable and relevant. Knowing the author is Amish gives this book an authenticity that not all Amish fiction can claim. To no fault of the author, I did find the editing one of the worst jobs I've seen in awhile. So many errors that it was almost distracting. One example is the change of the early on Mammy Glick to Mommy Glick. It made me wonder through the whole novel which name Lizzie called her grandmother and it kind of bothered me. Linda Byler has such good stories to share that she deserves better editing! I see that book 2 is out and I will certainly be picking it up. I look forward to seeing what is in store for our Lizzie!
Lizzie Glick is growing up Amish, and is unhappy when her father decides to give up his building pallet business and become a farmer. In spite of his family's wishes, he sells their business and house and buys a run down farm and house in a different county. Lizzy wonders how she and her sisters will ever meet boys if there aren't any living in that county.Mam comes down with a pneumonia and has to go to the hospital. Lizzie is forced to help out, but she is a whiney teenager that never wants to do anything that she does not want to do. She does not like to sew or cook or help in the house at all.When Lizzie turns sixteen, she learns that running around is more confusing than she thought it would be. How does she tell which boy likes her? And even more confusing, which does she like back?RUNNING AROUND (AND SUCH) is the first book by this real-life Amish writer and I think she is a winner. and was sent to me by FSB Associates for review.