Genre: middle grade, contemporary
Source: library borrow
As much as I would love to be in love with a story about two sisters being strong in the face of an awful stepmother, I wasn’t. It was a similar experience to the one I had with Bridge to Terabithia. I bought into the story, it’s definitely interesting… but I couldn’t connect with the characters until around three-quarters of the way through. By that point, it’s a bit too late for me. I can appreciate it at the surface, but I haven’t really been drawn into the narrative.
Most of the minor characters made an impact, sometimes more than Soledad and Ming themselves. Manny, Soledad’s friend, was particularly obnoxious. Scene setting through senses and private moments between characters, Sol and Mrs. Yeung in particular, were its strengths. The final third of the novel was the strongest. Mrs. Yeung got a few smiles out of me at least. It was actually Mrs. Yeung that I connected with first, even though I have more in common with Soledad.
All in all, this was just okay for me. Nothing stood out as particularly good or bad.
What was the last book you didn’t really connect with?