Monday, July 8, 2013

Review #1569 Sway by Amber McRee Turner

Review: #1569
Book: Sway
Author: Amber McRee Turner
Rating: three stars (out of four)
Release date: May 15, 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 320
Source: ALA 2012

This story had that Newbery-esque feel. Not that I’m saying this book was Newbery material, it wasn’t quite that good, but I did really enjoy it. I liked seeing the journey Cass made from believing something and trying so hard to fix it, but ultimately realizing she needed to change her view to gain a better perspective. The story was bittersweet. I liked how hard the father worked to keep his daughter and how much Cass and her father grew together as they took this trip. 

I was so glad to see how things worked out at the end. While it might have dealt with some tough issues and had a little bit of a messy patch near the end, it still managed to instill an important message. I liked that it dealt with losing a parent to divorce and showed how one young girl grappled with the situation before finding the beginnings of peace. It made her realize what she already had and that there was power even in the ordinary. 

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