Sunday, July 19, 2009
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June
In this small town in Kentucky, the folks have learned to despise the high class people a few towns over. They have new cars that run smoothly, constant job listings, and showers. When a new exchange program is introduced to the seventh grade classes of each town, only a few are willing to participate. The hardworking, good little Christian girl is chosen to visit a shy, perhaps spoiled, daughter of a rich newspaper editor and vise versa. Each of the girls make a new friend but how can they stay friends when their towns are unspoken enemies? Both are hesitant to learn about the other and Ivy June, the small town girl, may just have a reason for keeping quiet. While going through horrific events and keeping their accounts in journals, both girls are surprised about what they learn of faith, hope, and friendship.
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June is hard to put a label on. It’s not ‘coming of age’ or ‘first love’ or anything like that. It’s new and the story is completely unique and heart-wrenching. Finishing the whole book in a few sit-downs may be the easiest thing I’ve ever done because I was absorbed into these girls’ lives. I am a big fan of the narration and I’ve never read a book quite like that. Author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written the next big thing in middle grade fiction! The settings were imaginable and the characters were not ‘cheesy’, as some may call it. By looking at the cover, it may resemble the feel of a Lifetime movie but after reading it, you will find out that it doesn’t. (Take that as you will. ;) This book is not only about friendship, but about the strength a town can bring forth in a time of crisis.
*From what I can remember, this book contains nothing inappropriate.