FRIDAY BOOK SHARING!
What are you reading today?
This week I finished reading Swing Sideways, a book that made my heart catch as I read, tears well up in my eyes, and yes, a smile too. Annie and California are destined to be summer friends, bonded together by a love of the outdoors and the freedom of summer spent outside, away from grown ups. Their friendship rings true on each page of the book. The cover captures that beautiful summer and the sweet nostalgia the readers (particularly adult readers) will feel as they read Annie’s story. This summer is important for Annie, as she struggles with an over-scheduled life and her mother’s expectations. She has been prescribed a summer of freedom, not the easiest for Annie’s mom, who plans every detail and follows the traditions of summers past. Annie is excited for this summer of independence and freedom. When she meets California, a happy girl who seems to live every day as an adventure (no plans!), her summer adventure begins. Even as the pairing seems unlikely at first, a city girl and a country girl with two very different lives, their friendship blossoms. They tend to animals, search for ponies, look to the past as they search for a way to help California’s mom, and create their own adventures. It is quickly apparent that this friendship will change their lives in unexpected ways. Fans of Bridge to Terabithia will also find a novel here that will break your heart while the strength of the girls’ friendship will fill you with joy. This is an important story of adventure, new beginnings, friendship, loss, and love. Your heart will “swing sideways” – and you’ll love that line in the book – just perfect!