Review: Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

Pages: 192

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