The voice is so unexpected in this Middle Grade contemporary novel about a boy whose family takes in a foster son with a complicated past.
I initially had a difficult time settling into this story. I admit that I read the first page twice before I progressed, and even then, I was still bewildered about what was happening. It took a couple of pages before I was able to sort out the scene and stop rereading paragraphs. I don’t know if that was me being a bad reader in that moment, the writing, the really abrupt start to the scene, or some combination of those.
Either way, I’m glad I pushed forward. This was such a good story, and it’s a quick read. I fell in love with the voice, once I got used to it, and the characters were lovable and different.
I had my heart set on the way this story should end.
It definitely did not end that way, but I guess I’ll get over it.