Rainer Maria Rilke
"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Well Deserving of the Newberry Honor
What I really liked about this story was how very 'human' every one of the characters was, savvy or no savvy. Surfing the dangerous waters of adolescence can be so very scary and this book showed all angles from friends to school to first love to family.
What I especially loved was the ending--it was realistic. I truly hate when a book wraps everything up in a neat little package. This book didn't and it didn't detract from the strong and sweet message. Rather, the realistic ending was bittersweet, which is all too much like my own life. I shall definitely recommend this to friends and my students!