Friday, March 2, 2012

Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer

Girl Unmoored
Good Reads Summary
Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer

Apron Bramhall has come unmoored. It’s 1985 and her mom has passed away, her evil stepmother is pregnant, and her best friend has traded her in for a newer model. Fortunately, she’s about to be saved by Jesus. Not that Jesus—the actor who plays him in Jesus Christ, Superstar. Apron is desperate to avoid the look-alike Mike (no one should look that much like Jesus unless they can perform a miracle or two), but suddenly he’s everywhere. Until one day, she’s stuck in church with him—of all places. And then something happens; Apron’s broken teenage heart blinks on for the first time since she’s been adrift.

Mike and his grumpy boyfriend, Chad, offer her a summer job in their flower store and Apron’s world seems to calm. But when she uncovers Chad’s secret, coming of age becomes almost too much bear. She’s forced to see things the adults around her fail to—like what love really means and who is paying too much for it.

My Thoughts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“I swallowed a piece of my heart that was now lodged in my throat.” There was a lot of that happening in Girl Unmoored.

Apron's story was both sweet and sad, but mostly sad. Consider her life: a daddy who’s not all there plus a horrible step mom to be. A friend who is not really a friend, and a memory of things that doesn’t paint the most accurate picture of the past. She’s a sad kid, but a brave one. 

But it’s that last aspect I liked: her willingness to put herself out there. 

That said, there weren’t that many big surprises in this one. She’s still just a girl. And her dad is still just a dad. They both screw up, him more than her.  She just endeared herself to me by putting herself forward; her father on the other hand, with his coping (but not really not coping,) and his preoccupation with other things had me worrying for her more!

Of course, there were others in the picture. Mike and Chad, and even her Grandmother were clearly on her side. So it was these people that balanced out the sad. It was with them that she opened up even more and saw what others were capable of, good and bad, funny and off the wall. What’s better though is how the learning was never one sided; she had bits of wisdom to share too. They made her better, but she made them better as well.

Thanks Netgalley!

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