Wednesday, February 28, 2007
A Brief Chapter in My Imossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
There’s lots going on in Simone’s life. She has a best friend who is dating a jerk, a brother who is suddenly handsome and popular, and a crush on a guy who serves coffee at the local food co-op. Simone, an atheist who fights for causes she believes in and works for the American Civil Liberties Union, is caught off guard when her parents tell her that her birth mother wants to meet her. At first she resists, but when she finally lets Rivka into her life she learns about her previously unknown Jewish heritage and how important family and traditions can be. In the midst of great sadness, Simone finds happiness in a romance and satisfaction in being a supportive daughter. This is a realistic story about a high school girl growing up, changing, and learning that there is more to life than she ever imagined. Recommended for readers in grades 8 and up.