Friday, February 22, 2008

Red Glass by Laura Resau

Sophie is cautious. She always wears her seat belt and never takes risks. But when she finds herself on a road trip to Mexico she learns a lot about herself and finds that she can take the biggest risk of all--opening up to other people. Here's the story in a nutshell. Her family takes in Pablo, a six-year-old Mexican boy, whose parents died trying to cross from Mexico into the U.S. But Pablo has family in Mexico, and Sophie accompanies her Bosnian great aunt, the aunt's boyfriend, and the boyfriend's mysterious teenage son to Mexico to reunite Pablo with his grandparents. A friendship/romance develops between the teenage son, Angel, and Sophie, but Angel is planning a return to Guatemala, where violence breaks out. Sophie risks her life to help him and does a lot of growing up in a short time. I have traveled quite a bit in Guatemala and I enjoyed the book particularly for it's setting. This is one for readers who like to see characters grow and change.

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