Book: If Only
Author: Carole Geithner
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: Mar. 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: ALA 2012
This book made me cry. But I probably should have seen that coming since I knew it was about a girl dealing with the loss of her mother. And I cry so easily. I took this with me to work and read it during my lunch break. And even though I was constantly worried someone would round the corner and spot me sitting at my desk crying, I continued reading. I’m a sucker for punishment, ey? The story dealt with a heavy subject and handled it fairly well, I just didn’t have a deep interest in the story. It needed something more, something to help it stand out better in my mind.
And while it tugged all the usual heartstrings, it was still something I could put down and forget about. It didn’t have a lot of things that kept place in my mind after reading. It was good and dealt with a girl growing up with the loss of her mother, but felt a little muted, like it wasn’t fully developed. It was good, but it wasn’t great and I probably wouldn’t recommend it.