Friday, March 23, 2012
Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer
I could tell when reading it that this was a story that meant a lot to its author. All books, yes, mean a lot to their authors, but this story seems like it is deeply connected to Jennifer Gooch Hummer. You don't start writing this book because you think it's going to be a fun story. And yet, saying that somehow sells it short. Parts of Girl Unmoored are very dark and sad, but it's not defined by despair. Apron in particular is a fascinating character. Her process of dealing with her grief and frustration mixed with the more conventional transitions of growing up allow for her to be a character all her own. The entire book takes place over a span of a few months, showing how quickly one's life can change. Spoiler alert: get some Kleenex along with this book, because by the last few chapters I was definitely needing some.
Learn lots more about Girl Unmoored and Jennifer Gooch Hummer at her website.
I received a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Fiction Studio Books.
Find it at Amazon.
Read it with:
Bummer Summer by Ann M. Martin
Positively by Courtney Sheinmel
Same-Sex Marriage by Tricia Andryszewski