My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: October 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Family, Road Trip, Friendship
When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town — including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder — she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana’s and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.)
This was my seventh book from this author, and seven must really be a lucky number, because this was the book I needed in my life this week.
I haven’t had the best of weeks. Actually, it was pretty terrible. I was basically rejected by someone and it felt awful. I don’t know why I say ‘‘basically’’ since that’s exactly what happened and I don’t feel like I’ll be able to remain friends with that person since we didn’t have a strong bond to begin with even though we had really fun conversations that made me care a lot.
So it may seem crazy that this was the book I needed in my life, seeing that Louisiana experiences rejection too, although not the same sort, but the message is so positive it reminded me that getting attached to a person and then feeling like you’ve lost them forever does hurt, yes, but it won’t hurt eternally because there will always be more people to care about and that will care about you the way you need them too.
This book opened my eyes on the fact that I am someone who gets attached very quickly. Because of that, I TRY not to care too much about certain people, otherwise I’ll just be disappointed when they don’t feel the same way about me. But maybe, like Louisiana, I should make people EARN my attachment and not give it so freely.
So, yes, this book will remain in my memories as the book that made my lungs breathe easier at a time where it felt like every intake of breath cost something.
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