It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.
Last Week’s Book:
I tackled my Random Read right away this month! Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch is set in the hospital waiting room where middle-grader T.J. waits for his adoptive parents to bring news of his younger sister, Angela, who has had a terrible accident at home and won’t wake up. As he waits, T.J. peruses his life book, filled with photos and drawings about the time before their adoption, which the social worker urged T.J. to complete. Most of T.J.’s memories are of his and Angela’s life with their young, single mother who made a series of devastatingly bad choices such as leaving them home alone, spending money irresponsibly, and bringing a series of mostly undesirable men into their lives. It was heart-wrenching to read how these children had to live and knowing that although this is a fictional work, it is very much based in fact. The book’s point of view was a definite strength, as T.J. tried to understand and justified his mother’s behavior at first because he wanted her to be a better caregiver and person, and when he realized how selfish she truly was he tried to shield and take care of his little sister. I appreciated how realistic this realistic fiction book was in that everything was not smooth sailing once T.J. and Angela joined their new adoptive family. Often authors like to give children a clean, happy ending but the reality is that adoption and family creation is a process with hard work and ups and downs. Welch respects her readers by showing them the truth.