Title: I’ll Be There
Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Read Time: 5 Days
Tag Words: 2011 Debut Author, Contemp, Cover Lover
Sam and Riddle lead an unconventional life, being dragged from place to place by their crazy father, never connecting with anyone.
One Sunday when Sam finds himself in a church, listening to a girl sing he feels he’s found the connection he’s been missing so long, but how long can it last?
The problem: I wasn’t convinced.
The even bigger problem: I SO wanted to be. I wanted to love this book, and I didn’t, and I can’t quite fathom why not!
This book, the direction the writing took, the characters and their quirks the passion between the pages, it all seemed right up my alley, however I still feel trapped on one side of the glass, with the book, and it’s characters, on the other.
I just wasn’t convinced, instead I was bored. The writing felt tedious, rather than magical. The characters felt improbable, though I usually love characters who break a mold or two along their journey.
I just wasn’t captivated. I wanted to be, but something was missing in this book. I wish I could tell you what it was, but after waiting too long to write this review, time has run out. And yet I still don’t understand why I’m not raving over this tale like a mad woman.
Notes on the Names:
Sam, Riddle, Grace.
Riddle’s name isn’t really riddle, but he was always a puzzle to his father. That’s my favorite idea from the book.
Thoughts on the Cover:
I LOVE this cover. That may be why I am so sad not to love this book, because I love the cover and now it will never have a place on the Mod Podge Bookshelf
Parental Book Review *spoilers*
A la Reading Teen, thanks Andye!
- Sexual Content: Moderate
- Profanity: Moderate
- Violence: Moderate
- Other Notables: Moderate
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