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Violets Are Blue av Barbara Dee
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Violets Are Blue (utgåvan 2021)

av Barbara Dee (Författare)

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Medlem:amandamreads
Titel:Violets Are Blue
Författare:Barbara Dee (Författare)
Info:Aladdin (2021), 304 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:middle school, middle grade, addiction, divorce

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Violets Are Blue av Barbara Dee

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Difficult issues mix with make-up for a touching story about family, friends, and finding ones self.

Wren loves make-up and devours any video about the artistry where she can. Although she doesn't admit it, she's quite talented, too. But all of that takes a backseat as her parents divorce, her mother battles with tough working hours, and a move, which is supposed to make everything better. When Wren gets a chance to let her make-up talents shine, she's not so sure she wants to do it or not, especially when the tough secrets her mother has been hiding start coming to light.

The idea of weaving a girl's interest into make-up artistry into a tale already gives this one a unique and fun twist. The author starts each chapter with tips from Wren's videos and, mixed in these, are wise words, which glide right along with the plot and deeper problems. This aspect was refreshing and well done, already adding a lot to the read. But then, the entire thing is well written.

Many difficult themes are packed into these pages as Wren first experiences the divorce of her parents, meeting a new step-mother, having new step-siblings, losing best friends, moving to a new place, first crushes, and, finally, parents and drug abuse. And there are even more snuck in. Still, the author does a great job at sliding this into a seamless story, which flows as smooth as make-up. It's kept age appropriate and demonstrates how some problems aren't immediately visible.

While this is a deeper read on some ends, it's actually an easy read. The dialogue and characters stay natural, and the plot keeps a steady pace, letting one scene sit, and then going right into the next. It's never boring nor does it waste time on descriptions or an overflow of feelings and thoughts. And this is where I missed a little more on the character depth and felt like everything sometimes superficially flowed by without any real emotional connections. But this did improve as the story went along.

This is definitely an enjoyable read and hits themes middle graders will recognize and sympathize with. It definitely gets a 'thumbs-up' from me. ( )
  tdrecker | Sep 18, 2021 |
Another fantastic book by Barbara Dee. The way she captures middle school voice authentically is consistently amazing. She never shies away from tough topics, and this book fits well with its predecessors.

This book tackles the topics of divorce, moving, and opioid addiction with gentle honesty appropriate for middle grade readers. Our main character, Renata, navigates her parents' divorce and the following move by becoming obsessed with special effects makeup. The symbolism of creating someone new coincides with her decision to be Wren instead of Renata. The normal middle school territory of friendships, relationships, and identity is secondary to Wren's home worries. Her mom is acting increasingly oddly, her dad is busy with his new family in New York, and she's usually left to fend for herself.

Wren is easy to identify with, and the book's themes are not too heavy-handed. The book is perfect for middle school classrooms, libraries, and book clubs.

I'm grateful to the publisher and ILA for the ARC. ( )
  amandamreads | Aug 12, 2021 |
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