On Friday night, grab a box of Puffs Plus and a copy of BLUE by Joyce Hostetter, and enjoy a great night in. Snuggle up on your sofa, and get lost in a simpler time with not so simple problems. BLUE is an amazing story with an even more incredible protagonist. For writers out there, remember how at workshops they tell you to send your protagonist up a tree and throw rocks at her? WELL, it rains BOULDERS in BLUE, but you'll love ever minute of it. BLUE introduces one of toughest, most lovable protags since Laura Ingalls. But remember the Kleenex. Oh, and it's a great read aloud for any family whose children have ever complained about vaccinations. They'll learn what USED TO HAPPEN before, and they'll beg for shots.
Then on Saturday night, grab a bottle of wine and read THE LUCKY ONES by Stephanie Greene. It's a lovely coming-of-age novel about two sisters and a pivotal summer at their family's summer place. The struggle between the sisters is beautifully handled, and the framework of the novel reminds us of the tender love these sisters share. Cecile, our protagonist, is plucky, wise and courageous enough to make good choices in spite of the path laid out for her. She manages to worry about her 'fast' older sister without judgment, questions her mother's illicit relationship with the neighbor without dragging in her father, and relates to island outsiders with acceptance.
By Sunday, you'll thank me, I'm sure of it. Enjoy these two lovely reads.
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I write to serve, to unite, to educate. I write to share literature and flesh out ideas that may be of interest to others. I write to document an emotion, experience, or a blip in time. My mission is to write in such a way that the reader is reminded that we can find humor in all situations. It's one of the great blessings of life.