It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/12/14

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:

waitingtoforget 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.

Currently Reading:

water castle

 

On Deck: 

body in the woods

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8 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/12/14

  1. This is definitely a book I’d like to read. My kids are adopted, and I appreciate stories that don’t sugarcoat adoption. (One problem I had with One for the Murphys was how unbelievable I found the main character’s settling in with her foster family and beginning to love and care for her foster mom.) Thanks for sharing this book. I’ll be interested in your thoughts on Water Castle too. It’s one I meant to read when it first came out and there was so much buzz and I never got around to it.

      1. That explains a lot! I have a feeling that parents who adopt older kids (as I did) often have a very different experience of adoption than the rosy Hallmark card we more typically see in books and movies!

  2. I’ve heard a lot of great things about The Water Castle – I hope you enjoy that one too. Waiting to Forget looks like a very important read too, thanks for sharing such a detailed review!

  3. Waiting to Forget sounds like a very powerful book. I will definitely be looking for that one to add to the TBR pile. I have heard a lot of good things about The Water Castle and I enjoyed The Body in the Woods as well. Have a great reading week!

  4. As a middle school librarian fro 7th and 8th grade students, I’ve found Waiting to Forget to be a great choice for kids who are interested in contemporary fiction that isn’t too long, but still a bit challenging as well as an engaging story. We’ve had it on our summer reading list for students going into 8th grade for about three years now, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

    1. I am glad there is so much love for this book out there. I can definitely see it as a literature circle / book club book, too since it lends itself so well to discussion.

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