Posted in Children's Lit

Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan

7Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan
2013 Dial
ISBN – 9780803738553
Genre – Realistic Fiction
Age – Elementary, Middle School
4 Stars

Willow Chance is an intensely smart 12 year old. She loves her garden, and counting by 7s. She has been to see several doctors and counselors to address her social awkwardness. One day when Willow comes home, she finds that both of her adopted parents have been killed in a car accident. What are the chances of losing two sets of parents. Through this tragedy she makes friends, and strives to become a part of a community, something she has always struggled with.

This is a beautiful coming of age story about a girl who is too intelligent for her own good. Willow is someone that may be a bit different from most people, but she has some uncanny ability to be relatable to  many different people. Every one has had terrible things happen to them, and Willow could truly teach us a lesson on how to handle it gracefully, not flawlessly. I loved all of the characters in this book. They were all so real, with genuine personalities, emotions, and reactions. The all struggled to get by in the world in their own way. If there was a downside, it was that it was so loveable. I just wanted it to be wrapped up with a sweet little bow, and make me smile. I wanted nothing bad to happen to anyone, and I wanted no one bad to enter the scene. It was too sweet, and too cute. There didn’t seem to be much conflict after the initial pages and shock of a horrible event.

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