Sunday, November 23, 2014

REVIEW: A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry

Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Released: December 1, 1983
Source: mine

Description: Meg isn't thrilled when she gets stuck sharing a bedroom with her older sister Molly. The two of them couldn't be more different, and it's hard for Meg to hide her resentment of Molly's beauty and easy popularity. But now that the family has moved to a small house in the country, Meg has a lot to accept.

Just as the sisters begin to adjust to their new home, Meg feels that Molly is starting up again by being a real nuisance. But Molly's constant grouchiness, changing appearance, and other complaints are not just part of a new mood. And the day Molly is rushed to the hospital, Meg has to accept that there is something terribly wrong with her sister. That's the day Meg's world changes forever. Is it too late for Meg to show what she really feels?

My Review: I loved Lois Lowry's writing when I was a kid, and I have been slowly adding her books to my collection. I found this one about a week and a half go, and I just got to it.
It's a quick read (I finished it in a few hours) so it's perfect for taking a breather while you're trying to get through another book. As a kid, of course it was sad, but now that I'm in my twenties, it was worse. I saw the signs long before the main character did, and it made the whole thing sadder for me. 
Of course, there are still happy points in the book, and it is dealt with less heavily than other books that deal with cancer. 
There are few scenes of despair, though it can at times be felt through the characters.

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