Review: Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan


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My Synopsis
In this charming coming-of-age story, Willow Chance finds that she is a unique individual. In fact, her school counselor Dell dubs her a “genius.” But one day, she discovers both her parents have died in a car accident while she is in school and her life turns upside down. In this story of friendship and new beginnings, Willow begins to start her new life with a new family while awaiting the ultimate custody decision.

7 Things you should know about this book:
– 7 is a really important number to Willow!
– At 370 pages and some change, it isn’t the shortest book around, but it is certainly a page-turner.
– You may start to want to learn Vietnamese after reading this book!
– Willow may be a genius, but the book is written in simple, easy-to-read language
– This book is not inappropriate by any means so even younger teens could read it. However, I think adults would enjoy this too.
– The book is narrated in the first person, but Willow is so observant it seems almost like third person at times,
– The author is actually a movie director!

What I didn’t love?
– The ending was satisfying and surprising, but I didn’t know how well-thought out the explanation for the decision was. I’ll leave it at that.
– Not that much stuff happens outside of what I described in the synopsis, but that’s not to be unexpected from a realistic fiction YA novel.

7 words I’d use to describe this book
– heartwarming
– realistic
– charming
– funny
– coming-of-age
– original
– unexpected

It’s officially fall here in my neck of the woods, which means the temperature has been dropping! (The car actually feels like an icebox in the morning! Brr!) Who doesn’t need a heartwarming book and a heartwarming hot chocolate during this time of year? 😉

It would have been cute if this was my 7th review but fortunately I’m past that benchmark!

Have you read Counting by 7s? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Booking Through Thursday Post #1!

The Booking Through Thursday meme was created by this lovely blog:

How it works is each week a question is posted. You copy the question onto your blog and answer it, then leave a link on their post so others can read your response!

This week’s question is: Do your reading habits change in the summer?

Definitely, absolutely, yes. Over the summer, school is traded for more work hours, yet also for a boatload of reading time. By the time June comes, I’m usually doubtful I’ll be able to complete the number of books I originally challenge myself to read for the year. But I generally complete the entire rest of the years’ reading in the summer alone. Sometimes, I complete a book at least every other day. That definitely does not happen during the other seasons!

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