Monday, February 20, 2006

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

I noticed this book in the bookstore, but didn't want to shell out $15.95 for the hardcover, so when I saw it at the library, I picked it up. It's a quick read. It's funny, fun, and surprisingly light, for a story about leukemia.

At first I thought it would be like Kira, Kira, but it wasn't so depressing, so thumbs up on that. For a good portion of the book, Steven is too concerned with himself for it to be sad about his little brother's condition, but it's not to a point where you start to hate the guy. The turning point in the book is when his guidance counselor gives him advice that is reiterated enough in the rest of the book that it's clearly the intended message to readers: Instead of worrying about the things you can't change, think about the things you CAN change. Once Steven takes this advice, things start looking up in all areas of his life, and he starts to feel better about it. He takes control of the things he can change, and it has profound effects on the people around him.

I like the message. I like the story, and I like the characters. I give this book two thumbs up.

2 comments:

  1. Hey, thanks for the kind words. I'm glad my work gave you some joy!

    Jordan Sonnenblick
    www.jordansonnenblick.com

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  2. Hey, thanks for the kind words. I'm glad my work gave you some joy!

    Jordan Sonnenblick
    www.jordansonnenblick.com

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