Today’s battle : Books about vacationing with Auntie.
Ratchet is sent to spend the summer with her two elderly great-aunts, Aunt Penpen and Tilly, in Maine. During the summer, Ratchet listens to her aunts’ stories .
VERDICT: I didn’t enjoy this book at all. There was no character development and it was a running chronicle of what Ratchet heard and experienced through the summer. It did pick up a little in the middle but not enough for me to enjoy the book.
GIVING UP THE GHOST BY SHERI SINYKIN
Davia wants to spend as much time as she can with her mom this summer, her Mom’s cancer is in remission but the fear of it coming back is haunting Davia (Davia’s fear #1- cancer coming back). Mom has plans to take care of an aunt in Louisiana, so off they go to take care of great-aunt Mari, who is dying ( Davia fear #2- death). At Aunt Mari’s, Davia meets another relative, Emilie, who died in 1853(Davia’s fear #3- ghosts). Davia has to face her own fears and help Emilie find peace.
VERDICT: I enjoyed seeing how the characters developed, found their way, and came to terms with death in their own way. Overall, I liked the book, it did bring back memories for me of helping my own mom with my grandmother’s hospice care.
THE CLEARING BY HEATHER DAVIS
Amy goes to live with her great-aunt Mae to put some distance between herself and an abusive relationship. A new town, school, and new friends is what she feels she needs. Amy gets all of that and a little extra in the form of Henry. Amy and Henry become friends and the relationship deepens into love. But, as always there is a problem, Henry lives across the clearing and in another time, 1944 to be exact.
VERDICT: I enjoyed this book. The story unfolded gradually, the blossoming romance between Henry and Amy; Amy gaining confidence in herself after her bad relationship; and Henry coming to terms with the future. The characters and situations were realistically written (even it the story is a bit sci-fi). I have to admit at one point I threw the book down (softly) in frustration over something Amy did. The one part I didn’t like was the ending, it was a bit of a surprise and a let down. But endings to good books sometimes are.
WINNER: THE CLEARING