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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Girl Unmoored - Jennifer Gooch Hummer
Released March 2012
Jennifer Gooch Hummer
Fiction Studio Books
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
In many ways, I connected with the heroine in Girl Unmoored. While she appeared to be a little younger than me at the time, I was a teen in the 1980s and really understand a key component of this book better than many of today's youth. For that reason, I probably shed a few more tears than many of today's teens will.
Apron Bramhall's coping with her mother's death, her father's live-in girlfriend, and the announcement that her father and his girlfriend, "M," are expecting a baby. M is anything but pleasant towards Apron. Apron's best friend abandoned their friendship to hang out with a popular girl, and that leaves Apron with a lousy home life and little in the way of companionship, until she meets Mike.
Mike looks exactly like Jesus, so it's not surprising that he's playing the lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar. Soon, Mike and his partner Chad take Apron under their wing and have her helping out in their flower shop. Spending time with them helps Apron discover her importance in the world around her.
I don't want to give away any spoilers, which makes it incredibly hard to do this review. Suffice it to say that there are many secrets at play in the book and as they're revealed, the reader's heart is destined to feel a few twangs of sympathy. I clearly remember sitting in our high school auditorium where many of the things Mike and Chad face were covered in what years later would be proven completely untrue. If any reader thinks some of the incidents in this book would never have happened, you're wrong.
If you only read one teen novel this year, Girl Unmoored is the book to read. It's powerful and I really hope it gets some teens thinking about their actions towards themselves and towards others! Jennifer Gooch Hummer is an amazing author, and I will be making sure I'm first in line for her future novels.