Monday, April 9, 2012

Neurotic Thoughts - Sign Language

Sign Language
Author: Amy Ackley
Release Date: August 18, 2011
Genre: YA Contemporary 
Published by: Viking Juvenile
Source: received by the author for an honest review
Summary from Goodreads:

Twelve-year-old Abby North's first hint that something is really wrong with her dad is how long it's taking him to recover from what she thought was routine surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence, and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence, the boy across the street. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted, and nothing is normal anymore. Amy Ackley's impressive debut is wrenching, heartbreaking, and utterly true.
A beautifully heartbreaking story about loving, losing, and growing up during both. This story was so touching and made me realize once again how blessed I have been. I cried and cried while reading this book because even if this isn't a true story, it really is. This happens so often that it was really easy to relate to. 
Ackley did such a wonderful job of making the characters real that they felt like people you have known your whole life. Even though I occasionally wanted to yell at Amy to get her head out of the sand and pay attention to what was going on I also was able to understand why she wanted to refuse what was happening.
This story will have you crying and laughing and will make you want to go tell everyone you love how much they mean to you. 

Plot: Lovely and Heartbreaking
Characters: Excellent, you'll forget that your reading about people you don't know
Writing: Easy to read and very engaging
Ending: Perfect
Kid Friendly: As long as you can handle death you will be safe reading this book.
Overall: Beautiful and Sad
Should You Read It? Definitely

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