Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Alice Bills - Harrington

Laura Harrington's Alice Bliss is a typical teenager. She loves her little sister, Ellie, but can barely relate to her mother. She is discovering that her best friend since childhood has a crush on her, though he may not be the only one. But more than anything, she loves her father, Matt, and spending time with him in the garden.

When Matt Bliss decides that he must go to Iraq to support his country and do his part, Alice is scared, confused, and lonely. She joins the track team, gets driving lessons from her Uncle Eddie, worries about the danger, and waits anxiously for her father's phone calls and letters. 

But Matt is hurt in action and captured by the enemy. The family must deal with the possibility that he may not return. Alice must grow up quickly. But sometimes a big part of growing up is realizing you don't have to do it alone.

This is a wonderfully written book. The characters are full and engrossing. Even Matt Bliss, though he is gone for most of the book, is a full and complete being. Definitely worth a read.

4/5- Great. Push it on your friends and family.
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