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Friday, June 19, 2009

Take a Chance Challenge: Challenge No 1: Random Book Selection

Did you know that prolific blogger Jenners has her own book blog and she has come up with an amazing challenge.

I'm participating, but I must say that I am one of the slowest readers in the world so I'm not sure how many I will complete before the November deadline.

This is my entry in the Random Book Selection category. I decided to pick the third book from the left on the far left shelf. It was in the young adult section so at first I wasn't thrilled and honestly I almost put it back when I saw the cover.

Surprisingly, I loved it! I couldn't put it down. If not for this challenge I would never have read it. Thanks, Jenners!

It is about the summer of Hattie Owen's 12th birthday when she meets an uncle she never knew she had. Hattie's Uncle Adam was sent away to a special school by his parents, Hattie's grandparents, when Hattie was just two years old. Chronologically, Adam is now an adult but intellectually he is a child and unable to function in a world where adults are expected to have social skills that allow them to blend in with other adults.

Hattie kind of sees Adam a younger brother and while I found the foreshadowing of something tragic a little over the top, I was still saddened and deeply moved by this book.

It is impossible not to love both Hattie and Adam. Simply a wonderful read.

5 random thoughts:

Jenners said...

Well the challenge is working then! I'm so glad you kept with it and found something you wouldn't have read otherwise! Nice review ... it kind of got me intersted too. And I love the cover. I'll hook you up in Mr. Linky ... he doesn't always behave does he? : )

septembermom said...

There's something good for the soul when a book grasps your emotions. This does sound like a wonderful read. Thanks for the review!

Anonymous said...

I love it when friends recommend books. I've found so many good ones that way.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip! Sounds like a lot of fun. I think that a lot of young adult literature is very good...

Kari said...

Thanks for the review. It's fun to find a great book unexpectedly.

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